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11/29/2012 01:59 pm ET Updated Jan 29, 2013

Brad Pitt Reveals His Laissez-Faire Approach to Santa Claus

By Julie Miller, Vanity Fair

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While other parents are feverishly working overtime to maintain their children's belief in Santa Claus this holiday season, Brad Pitt is taking a more easygoing approach, one that does not require him to sweat through a Santa costume on Christmas Eve and/or endure awful mall lines patrolled by elves. Pitt broke down his Santa strategy for E!: "What I tell [my children] is some people believe it's Santa Claus, and some people believe it's parents, and you get to believe whatever you want."

Lest you think that this laissez-faire attitude is motivated by laziness or honesty, Pitt explained that it stems from a painful childhood memory. Pitt recalled, "I thought it was a huge act of betrayal when I was a kid. I didn't like that. When I found out the truth, I was like, 'Why? Why? Why would you lie to me? Why?'"

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