Personally i believe firmly in Father Christmas, as he encourages all us hard done by adults to over eat and drink to celebrate the birth of Christ, he perpetuates his existence by insisting I drink baileys and mulled wine in the same evening, and then wandering around my mind as i sleep...he does it every year, so he must exist!
The children however all believe in an updated version of Saint Nicholas, who acts as a re-distribution co-ordinator for all presents given on Christmas day, he has an army of helpers, is very internet savvy, and merely uses his sleigh to travel (in a time bubble) between depots, or to visit problem sites, (poor access) or exceptional children, who get one extra anonymous gift?
There was nooooo way i was going to give up the good behaviour power of Saint NIck, as the kids got more savvy I just had to up my game, The 13 year old is now swinging over to the Father Christmas side, but Ihave to say he is getting better than us dp at inventing new scenarios for his brothers to keep believing.
Also make sure you log onto google earth on Christmas eve, to track Santa clause (an American cousin who Saint Nicholas uses as his number one right hand man) across the world.
Anyway, we have All Hallows, All Saints, and Guy Fawkes night yet to get us through the despair of the clock change and dark nights. I wish there was something in early February, such a long stretch to Easter, which is my personal favourite: chocolate, bright cheerful flowers, cakes, fluffy bunnies, chicks, a two week holiday, and spring leading to summer....lovely!