Molly wants absolutely nothing to do with the discussions. She knows that there are presents under the tree and she wants to open all of them. NOW. She cares not why they are there, or from whom they came.
On the other hand, if you ask Jack why we celebrate Christmas, he wil throw his arms out and excitedly yell, "JESUS!!". Then, in a quiet voice, he adds "And Santa Clause? With the presents?". Yes, sweet boy, but mainly Jesus.
After much debate, and lots of eye-rolling from my husband, we've decided that our family will celebrate the birth of Christ, while maintaining the spirit of Santa. I don't think we will push the naughty or nice agenda, or chastise our little ones, reminding them that Santa "sees you when you're sleeping!". That's a bit creepy for me. So, just as Jesus freely gave everything for us, while we clearly didn't deserve it, Santa will bring gifts for our children. Trust me- Toddlers are not capable of being good enough to "earn" the things that Santa brings them. I certainly won't judge anyone who decides to abolish Saint Nick at their house, but if your kids come to kindergarten and gleefully tell mine that Santa is a fraud, we'll have more than family traditions to discuss.