Me: Hey, kid -- whatcha doin' on my computer?
8 Year Old: I'm looking at the North Pole on Google Earth.
Me: Oh? Why are you doing that?
8YO: I want to see if Santa exists.
Me: ... !
8YO: He's supposed to live at the North Pole, but I don't see any houses or buildings or anything.
Me: Oh -- well, Santa has, like, magic powers and stuff. Shield rays. Yeah, that's it. He has shield rays to keep the, uh, satellites from photographing him.
Me: Plus, I think there are, um, international treaties that, ah, make it illegal to show Santa's village at the North Pole. You can only show the ice and snow.
Me: Yeah, um, treaties. Even the North Koreans observe them. After all, everyone loves Santa Claus, right?
8YO: I guess.
Me: Good. Good. You run along now. Let Daddy use his computer. Go get ready for Santa. Santa's coming tonight!
8YO: Oh boy!
All: Merry Christmas, everyone!