Website where you take a picture of your tree upload it and pick a Santa to stick in your picture. Proof that Santa was at your house! (They also have the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny!) great idea for the kids!
Christmas or New Year's gift. Labeled jar and pen. Throughout the year, write down memories that make you smile. On New Year's Eve, open and re-read all of the good stuff that made the year wonderful. Maybe have a 'God Thing' and 'Happy Memories' jars.
Shepherd's bags: An Elf on the Shelf alternative. When you catch your children doing something good, have them put money in the shepherd's bag. At the end of the Christmas season, give the money to the charity your children choose.