Santa only brings one or a couple "santa asked gifts" and the rest is from mom and dad...
I had my 7 yr old ask me if he was real, i looked at him and said, well i will tell you this.. if you dont believe in him he wont bring you anything, he stops, well ds said oh, i know for sure he is real mom...lol
Ds is 9. He's asked me a few times if Santa is real and I usually come back with, "Do you think he's real?" and ds always says he does. If ds flat out told me he didn't believe in Santa or really pressed the issue I'd tell him the truth. It is fun to see the excitement in his eyes each year on Christmas morning, but it wouldn't be fun if he had to pretend to believe in Santa because he was afraid he wouldn't get presents if he didn't. I think dd was around 8 when she told us she didn't think Santa was real and Christmas that year seemed even more fun because she loved being in on the secret on Christmas morning when ds ran downstairs and exclaimed that Santa had left gifts. I find that you can tell by the way kids talk and ask whether they think Santa isn't real because someone else has said something to them or they are just wondering or if they are reaching an age where they are reasoning things out more and truly don't think Santa could be real and that's the point when I would tell them the truth.
hee hee, I usually play the devil's advocate. I'm constantly horsing around with ds all the while, singing santa's a big-fat-fake and it just riles him up to come up with why mom is wrong. lol