Leaving shoes out for gifts became a tradition on his Saint Day, December 6th and is still practiced in many countries. In the U.S. this tradition formed the basis for our very commercial Santa Claus. Don't quote me. You should read the more accurate version of his life. (Oh, and give $3 to Wikipedia in his honor.)
If you haven't come across the poem "The Death of Santa Claus" by Charles Harper Webb, you might enjoy it- or cry. What is more frightening than losing the magic of Christmas as a child?
You might also find these items amusing if you're a little warped like me.
|Santa Coffin from Fun and Morbid|
|Santa Skull Earrings from Sweetie2Sweetie|
Put some candy and nuts in someone's shoe today and think of poor, dead Santa Claus.