I've never had kids, but had I, I would have never lied to them about Santa, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy.
Is that what drove you to drinking?
Billions of kids thruout history have grown up with Santa and the Easter Bunny, and didn't come out of it with the feeling being lied to, or confused about the real meaning of Christmas and Easter. Growing up is hard to do as it is, and finding out Mom and Dad, might(still not proven) be Santa, the EB and TF usually is not a sourse of anger, but love. Santa and the Easter Bunny still come today to my kids and they are 27(for 4 more days) and 33. They also never knew a Christmas or Easter that replaced the meaning of, with either with them.
I've played Santa to our preschool for 5 years. If thats what you call lying and being horrible, I guess I'm a horrible person than.