11/29/2012 01:59 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Brad Pitt Reveals His Laissez-Faire Approach to Santa Claus

By Julie Miller, Vanity Fair


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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