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Every parent knows that if you tell your children about Santa Claus, they’ll eventually grow up and realize the story doesn’t make sense. Maybe sooner than you want them to.

I’m guessing this five-year-old’s parents didn’t expect him to poke holes in Santa’s backstory right to his face.

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Kid: Santa, if you’re immortal, where did you live before the galaxy was formed?

Santa: Wow… *boom*… that was a very long time ago. Wait a minute! Let me get it all back! It’s coming to me! Before then, there was now. And I lived in the now before then. Do you understand that?

Kid: No. But you lived before the galaxy?

Santa: Even way back when things were forming! You know what?

Kid: What?

Santa: You were forming then, too. I was forming. Mrs. Claus was forming. Even before the galaxy! Because we had to come out of the galaxy, so we all must have been forming before the galaxy was even formed, otherwise how could we be of it, if we didn’t come from it, right? Does that make any sense?

Kid: Kind of.

Santa: Kind of!

Kid: Where is your sleigh parked?

Santa: [Sigh of relief] Oh! There we go. [Looks at Elf]

Elf: I parked it on one of these rooftops, but I can’t quite remember which one…

At least the Santa attempted an explanation. Gotta give him credit for that. (The whole exchange sounds like one of Louis CK‘s extended conversations with his daughter.)

In the meantime, if this kid goes to Sunday school, I promise you it won’t be long before he’s raising his hand so much that all the other kids follow him right out of the faith.

(via Reddit)

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Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.