Chris D'Elia: I said to my mom, “You can tell me if Santa isn’t real.” She told me he wasn’t, and my dad got upset. He put gifts under the tree that he thought I wanted and said, “You never told me you wanted that, so Santa must be real, right?”

Big Boi: I was 10 or 11, and it taught me that it was cool to lie. My kids found out there was no Santa Claus when they were 5. They know Christmas is about giving, sharing, and caring.

Angie Martinez: I always knew but I was afraid to say it because I thought it meant I would get fewer presents. I rocked out for many years pretending, but I never believed. It didn’t make sense to me.

Nicky Diamonds: I was 9, and the worst part was that my parents stopped giving me Christmas presents. Actually, that was the tip-off.