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Grace Young, 5, of Costa Mesa, Calif., asks Santa Claus for a pair of skates at the lighting of the "Snoopy House" display that Jim Jordan created 44 years ago, on the lawn outside City Hall in Costa Mesa, Calif. 

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Poll: Santa Claus believers' parents had faith in him

WASHINGTON — Why do kids believe a chubby guy in a flying sleigh can deliver joy across America? Because their parents do. A whopping 84 percent of grown-ups were once children who trusted in Santa’s magic, and lots cling to it still.

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