Yes, I actually overheard that charge this weekend while Christmas shopping. Standing in line behind two sort of soccer moms, eavesdropping in on their conversation (because I'm shameless and nosy), one mentions that "Santa's pack is full this year" gesturing at the brimming shopping cart. This prompts the other to go on a tangent about how "lying to your kids about some stupid fat guy who does the impossible is like child abuse because it shows such little respect for them". This prompted a bickering session which was a bit entertaining to a guy stuck in a long line at a toy store behind soccer moms.. But anyway, it got me to thinking about how I never thought about it that way. When I was little, the whole "Christmas magic", Santa Claus, and the religious aspect behind it was this amazing, incredible, magical thing that I loved dearly. it's such a fond memory of mine that even now as I'm fast-approaching fogey-hood, I still remember the "magic" and the great feelings it gave me. It was awesome. When my two oldest were little, I did the whole Santa bit and we still do this with my youngest. I always thought it such an innocent, pleasant thing. But lying to your kids for your own enjoyment...even if it's well-intentioned - do you feel that it's "child abuse" and/or does it show a "lack of respect for them" as this woman said - how do you feel about it?