We don't really do santa claus, and for my children that has never been a big deal.
Jesus is real; santa isn't.
Saint Nicholas was a real man who lived, loved and obeyed God, died and is in heaven. You can read all about him here. We honour him because he exemplifies the spirit of Christ-like giving that we focus on during this season, and we want to follow his example.
Like Annie at Learning As We Go we participate in Operation Christmas Child.
We also give to The Salvation Army, and this year we will be taking part in Operation Blue Santa, because Frap's workplace is involved with that.
Like Amy at Splendor in the Ordinary we give chocolate coins and tangerines (and candy canes).
Like Kerry at A Ten O'Clock Scholar we have a special breakfast.
Ours is a mini preview of our Christmas brunch tradition.
We read The Legend of the Christmas Stocking (which we own) and any other appropriate books I happen to find at the library.
We also have a family tradition of decorating and hanging new stockings every year on the 5th of December to open on St. Nicholas morning.
I tell the story of how that began in a separate post. If you are interested, you can read it here.