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No Santa? No way! News anchor sorry for dashing kids' dreams

Dec. 2, 2011 at 11:36 AM ET

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WFLD's Robin Robinson issued an apology to viewers after dashing the Santa dream for some children the night before.

Warning: If there are any Santa-loving wee ones peeking over your shoulder, this would be a good time to send them on their way.

Shortly after airing a news segment aimed at helping parents curb their kids’ high-budget Christmas expectations, WFLD anchor Robin Robinson decided it was the perfect time to cut to the chase and advised parents to just tell kids there’s no such thing as Santa.

Just one problem with that Grinch-worthy reveal —  Robinson delivered it in primetime, without one of those handy “tell the kids to leave the room” warnings.

“Stop trying to convince your kids that Santa is Santa,” the Chicago newscaster said bluntly. “That’s what my take is. Forget about it. That’s why they have these high expectations. They know you can’t afford it, so they’re going to ask some man in a red suit. There’s no Santa!”

According to Robinson, children should learn the truth as soon as they can talk. And no doubt many did when they heard her comments for themselves. That detail earned Robinson a fair share of angry messages from moms and dads.

The next night she returned to the tube with a Santa-sized mea culpa.

“It was careless and callous to say what I said in what could have been mixed company,” Robinson told viewers. "So many kids don’t get to be children that for those who do get to live the wonder and magic of Christmas, I would never spoil it intentionally. So I sincerely apologize.”

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