My wife and I have small children who are finally old enough to realize that December is a special time of year (ages 4 and 2). For a myriad of reasons my wife and I have decided we won't present "Santa Claus" to our children in the traditional, American sense. We will tell them about the legend, but when it comes to who leaves presents for them we won't say it was this mythical, bearded man.
Anyway, that's probably a tangent and appropriate for the Parenting SE. My question for this group is: what's the most concise, appropriate way to answer a person when they ask my kid(s) if they're "excited for Santa Claus to come?" We are in the US.
The older children have special needs, so we often respond for them because strangers typically do not understand their speech.
At a store the other night I interjected and re-phrased the question to my kid: "||daughter's name||, are you excited for Christmas?" Which felt like a more natural way to rephrase the question.
I suppose my question applies not only to strangers at the store but also to distant family and friends who, as is totally normal and expected, assume our kids are getting lots of great toys from "Santa." We want to not just smile and nod; we want to be true to our conviction without appearing "holier than thou."