Did you put your shoes out last night?
The Zoomlians did. Hope springs eternal. Abundant hope, in this case.
The idea is that you put out your shoes on St. Nicholas Eve and you find them filled with candy in the morning. A visit from St. Nicholas, indeed!
In some cultures the kids leave hay in their shoes for the good bishop's horse. I'm sweeping up enough hay from our manger as it is, so we skip that part...
We don't "do " Santa, but we love St. Nicholas, as we explained here.
Why would a fourth century bishop want to stuff shoes full of candy? When he was on Earth, he did a lot of "Secret Santa" stuff like that, especially for children. You can find that story and many more (as well as fun activities) here!
And, in honor of the day, here is a little gift for you. Hold out your shoe: