... and apparently Y2K killed him.
Rest in piece fat man. Rest in piece.
This actually does bring a question. To tell, or not to tell, you children about Santa Claus/Easter Bunny/Tooth Fairy. I mean, let's look at it realistically: There is none of those fantastical creatures anymore than unicorns or elves. However, billions of people convince their innocent children that they exist. Why? So that children are good. So they don't freak out when they loose a tooth.
However, doesn't this build a mistrust? Could this be one of the stems for which atheism exists? Little Johnny learns that there is no Santa Claus, he then thinks "If Santa isn't real, than God must not be either .." Hey, I thought it when I was young. It was odd to me how my folks where so into the Santa thing. And people everywhere play it up like a religion.
Does this damage a child's trust in things unseen? I think it does. While fun to pretend, I don't think Santa is going to be part of our Christmas. There is no bunny for Easter. And the tooth fairy? Come on ... who in their right mind would really think telling a kid that some lady is going to come take their teeth while they sleep and leave a quarter is a good idea?