Today is the feast of St. Nicholas, the prototype of Santa Claus. Nicholas was a bishop in 4th century Turkey and was widely known for his secret gift giving, especially to the poor. Santa Claus comes from the Dutch word Sinterklaas which is derived from Saint Nicholas. He is also the patron saint of children.
In many countries today, children receive candy in their shoes. Saint Nicholas is also associated with the candy cane which looks like a bishop's staff. Thus, I bought candy canes for everyone in the school today and they will be passed out to all the students in theology class as a way to celebrate this feast!