We celebrate St. Nicholas Day. On December 6th, St. Nicholas visits our house with some combination of oranges, gold coins, a tasty treat, and something useful to the recipient. Santa Clause does not visit our house on Christmas.
But this doesn't stop nosy strangers. Usually, I respond to the question, "Is Santa coming to your house soon?" by stating, "St. Nicholas already came on December 6." Some people, though, just don't get it, and they persist, telling my daughter to "be good for Santa (which annoys me on so many levels) and insisting that Santa will be there soon as if I have no say in that.
I'm also concerned about cousins when we celebrate Christmas together. Last Christmas, DD was 9 months old and quite oblivious to the Santa obsession around her, but that is changing quickly. I don't want her to ruin the fun for her cousins, but I don't want her to get sucked into that either. It's hard because the Santa Clause myth states that Santa Clause visits the home of every child all around the world, which, for those who believe that, includes us. For some reason, the presumption is bothering me.
Gosh, I feel like a Scrooge just saying it. Really, I am quite excited for Christmas. I'm excited about our menu. I am excited about the birth of Christ. I am excited about seeing family and friends. I'm excited about starting family traditions and teaching my daughter the value of giving. I love how she is excited about baby Jesus. St. Nicholas was a great guy, and we do celebrate him... on his feast day. Christmas for us is about Jesus, not St. Nick.
I know I'm not the only one. Many non-Christians don't celebrate Christmas at all, and we can't possibly be the only Christian family who doesn't "do" Santa. Have you found anything that works to be polite but demand respect for your beliefs without getting upset about it? For the people who continue to persist, what do you do to explain to your young children?