> Seek professional help. Please. While I respect your right to not celebrate holidays you consider groundless I think to insist that this is a "culture of lies" is taking it to the extremes a bit. Or do you rant about a "culture of lies" when someone is superstitious about Friday the 13th or dresses up at Halloween?
While I'd agree that he needs to relax a bit, I agree with him on the "culture of lies" part. I mean, if you consistently lie to children, they grow up to learn "Adults lie to us", or at least "Parents lie to us", and then the parent's credibility goes out the window.
My personal approach is to allow people to do what they want, but if I'm involved in a conversation with a child, and the topic of Santa comes up, I'll disillusion them if it's relevant. At least then they know that they can trust *one* person.
All of this may have something to do with the fact that I belong to a religion of truth, rather than being eg. a dedicated Cthulhu cultist, though :).