Cynical? Much? She had me in fits. It was like watching the show with a stroppy teen.
I always told my children that Santa fills the stocking and all other gifts are bought by someone, this helps by limiting children's expectations.
I know people who have got into a lot of debt trying to provide everything their child asked Santa for.
My daughters have told their children the same thing, so when the pantomime villain 'The Destroyer' announced that he would kidnap Father Christmas so children would not Christmas presents this year Norah was singularly unimpressed.
Whilst all the children in the audience were booing the Destroyer enthusiastically, Norah sat there calmly explaining that kidnapping Santa merely meant there would be no stockings, the presents would still arrive!