We're Jewish. DD is 3. She mostly knows other Jewish children, but like any three year old, she is starting to notice the world around her. She asks about lights and reindeer and decorations and such. I really have no idea what to say when she points to Santa. I've said "that's a man in a red suit" and things of the sort, but I'm really unsure how to navigate this whole issue. I don't want my kids to be the ones who "ruin" the santa myth for classmates or peers, and I don't want to perpetuate something we have no cultural, emotional, or spiritual connection with. I also don't want her to feel "left out" because Santa doesn't visit our house.
FWIW we are an observant, kosher family, so she is exposed to lots of yummy jewishness daily... but yeah, the Santa thing is pretty prevalent.