just over time i came to realize that he was not real. also when i slep in the room next to my parents and had the door open, but could not go to sleep from the anticipation and saw my mom come out of the room with an armfull of boxes in her hand. That was a huge hint, and finalized the deal on how i found out he was not real.
I ended up being terrified one Christmas, because I thought Santa was still going to be there, so I wouldn't come out of my room. Then my parents and brothers tried to pull me down the hallway but I was screaming and crying because I thought Santa was gonna be there, and maybe hurt me or something. I think it was sometime around then that they told me to try and calm me down.
SHUT UP HE IS REAL!