I found in in Grade Three. Laurie told me.
Had this THUD in my gut and I knew it was true. That's why I just LOVE cousn eddie in NLCV when he says:"Are you SERIOUS, Clark??" when Chevy tells him they've spotted Santa.
Rave on, Eddie.
With my kids I would chew some carrots and spit them out the back door and stomp up and down the backyard.
They would leave Santa stuff OTHER then cookies and milk..you know, waffles, chips, submarine sandwich, burrito, it made them feel SPECIAL because they figured Santa would get SICK of nothing but cookies and milk...THEY left Santa CHOW MEIN, they would proudly tell their friends..and HE leaves US special things..and of course, the little friends would want to leave out something like chow mein, and then their parents would lower the boom and...
But my kids believed a lot longer because I had these cardboard cut outs stored away..they would point to them and see it as PROOF he existed.
Run run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it on time..