The greatest deception ever pulled over the eyes of mankind has nothing to do with aliens, the Vatican, Nazis, freemasons, or Elderich Horrors. It has everything to do with a certain toy factory located at the North Pole.
This trope applies to pretty much every single Christmas/holiday movie ever that deals primarily with Santa Claus. All the children in the world love Santa Claus and write to him, leave him out milk and cookies, expect him to leave them a ton of gifts, etc., etc. The adults, on the other hand, if they’re parents may “support” the illusion, but, naturally, don’t think Santa Claus is actually real and if they get into private conversations with other adults of course don’t talk about him as if he’s real but rather a big imaginary figure they encourage kids to believe in until a certain age and then “let them in on the secret”.
The problem with this in each and every one of these movies is that they are always in a world where Santa Claus is real…which is heartwarming and magical for the children involved but makes every adult in existence look like an imbecile.
Since Santa Claus is real, and does go down chimneys, eat cookies and milk, and leave a bunch of toys behind, that means none of the parents or adults are the ones doing it…so why in the world would they think Santa isn’t real? Do they always assume it was “the other parent” who bought and wrapped the toys and ate the cookies and milk and basically “handled playing Santa” this year? What about single parents? Do they think they did it while sleepwalking or just forgot about it in the rest of holiday preparations? Or do they assume gift-wrapped toys are just a natural occurrence that happens every December 25th? Since many of these films feature adults and children waking up while Santa is “doing his thing”, how come no one else in history has ever seen him in action and reported it?
It leads one to think the only reason Santa isn’t wildly accepted has to be a result of a massive government cover-up that exceeds the activities of Men-In-Black to ensure adults think of him as imaginary in spite of massive evidence to the contrary.
There’s really no need to list examples for this one, but some are more ridiculous than others:
“The Polar Express” – The whole point of the movie is encouraging belief in Santa Claus from a perspective of evidence to the contrary, but the fact remains the disbelieving adults at the end are not at all miffed by the fact the bell was even under the tree to begin with along with numerous other toys they obviously didn’t buy. From that standpoint, the real “magic” in the movie isn’t belief in Santa Claus, but the fact that an adult is able to mentally brainwash themselves into thinking Santa doesn’t exist at all and that the bell somehow was placed there by parents in spite of neither of them doing so.
“The Santa Clause” – Granted this movie does some effort to touch on the fact that people “believe want they want to believe”. But it also indicates the primary reason for disbelief is simply a child not getting what they wanted for Christmas, which is not only rather foolish in the face of all evidence to the contrary, but a tad on the greedy side.
“Ernest Saves Christmas” – When you start seeing flying reindeer and still don’t believe they belong to Santa Claus, I think you failed the litmus test for being a sentient creature.