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It’s that time of year when Santas are everywhere, from malls and trains to photoshoots and parades. Sometimes parents try to restrict it to one sighting a season so they don’t have to come up with some crafty explanation as to why and how he’s able to be in more than one place at a time. But there are some kids who don’t need a reason. Because they simply don’t believe.

Granted, there are children out there who keep the spirit alive to maintain the allure for younger siblings. And there are others who simply want to continue to milk their parents into buying more gifts so they say they believe, even if they don’t. (Kind of brilliant, TBH.) Then there’s NPR reporter Sarah McCammon‘s son, who simply doesn’t give a hoot.

McCammon shared a note her six-year-old son wrote for school, an assignment where he had to write a letter to Santa. And he didn’t hold back on his feelings about the big, jolly guy.

In case you don’t speak or read “kid,” McCammon was kind enough to translate it all for you, including the “margin art” of “wreaths and skulls.” Because, of course there were wreaths. And, more telling, skulls.

But for all those who may be concerned that perhaps his home life isn’t that great or the boy is living a miserable life, McCammon clarified her son’s “troubles.”

Amazing. And don’t think we didn’t see that smiley face in the bottom corner, dripping with sarcasm. That added effect makes it extra-special. Though we do have one question: does that say “loathing” at the bottom? Because that’s the icing right there.

In all seriousness, let’s take a sec to analyze. He didn’t actually say he didn’t believe; rather, he called out Santa for being some sort of fraud. And if we’re calling people out, he’s not actually wrong. But his letter doesn’t mean he lacks Christmas spirit. He did sign the letter with “love.” That has to count for something, right?

And while there are some out there who are worried about McCammon’s son’s well-being, most people are loving what the boy had to say, be it from personal experiences or their own sassy kids.

Merry Christmas and bah humbug to all. Hey, sometimes the spirit compels you, sometimes it doesn’t.

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