Happy St. Nicholas Day. A couple of years ago we started the tradition of leaving shoes out for St. Nicholas to fill. We added a bit of a twist - the children write letters to Jesus (sort of like a birthday card). St. Nicholas collects the letters - to deliver to heaven - and leaves some candy in the shoe.
Since, I don't have an actual way of getting the letters to heaven, I'm saving them to give back to the children when they are older.
But in the meantime, it takes some of the emphasis off of "what do you want for Christmas" and back on Jesus - where the emphasis is meant to be.