One year when I was a kid I think my parents actually bought one of those cardboard fireplaces. They folded it up into its full faux-fireplace likeness and propped it up in the living room. Santa would have wound up with cardboard-style paper cuts all over himself if he'd fallen for the hoax. Good thing he was smarter than that.
Later we got cable and I remember retreating to the basement to watch this when the "festivities" were over.
HT - Ace