So I was thinking back to the time when I found a small pink envelope in my mom's closet with the words Tooth Fairy written on the front. It contained some of my baby teeth. Immediately, I realized the truth about the Tooth Fairy.
Ten minutes later I connected the dots with all "magical" beings I had believed in, inlcuding Santa. After this revelation I ran to tell my sister that none of it could be true (unfortunately, while I was 6 she was only 4 and I may have ruined it for her... oops) because it just wasn't possible. It took me 14 more years to realize that this list of impossible magical beings I had put into question didn't include God, because I never regarded he/she/it real to begin with. I was fooled by Santa but not by God.
Add this to the questions about the lack of dinosaurs in the Bible I posed to my Methodist Sunday School teacher, and my insistence that Jesus was an ordinary man to my cousins, I can say I'm proud to be a life-long ATHEIST!