-Photo from Miracle on 34th Street
Here at Taste of Home, we still believe in the spirit of Santa and embrace the magic and child-like wonder of the big man in red. With Christmas Eve growing closer, we remember some of our favorite Santa-worthy treats.
When I was little, my brother and I would choose our favorite cookies to leave for Santa. His would change every year but mine was always the peanut butter cookies with a Hershey Kiss on top. – Ashley Keefe, Web Analyst, Taste of Home
We’d put out carrots and celery for the reindeer, a combination of sugar-free snacks (Santa’s a diabetic, were you aware?!), cookies, Miller Lite AND milk (beer for the road!)… sometimes a sandwich or leftovers from dinner. -Jen Billock, Interim Senior Editor, Taste of Home
Growing up we’d always put out spritz cookies – you know, the ones that come out of the cookie gun – with milk. And for the reindeer, carrots with the greens still on the top. -Colleen King, Business Analyst, Taste of Home
My sisters and I would always leave Santa a wide selection of treats ranging from fudge, chocolate covered peanuts, velveteen cookies, and gingerbread. There was always a frosty glass of milk, and a diet coke for the road! As for the reindeer, we’d sprinkle reindeer dust in the front yard so Santa could find our house, and we’d always leave a few sugar cubes and carrots for Rudolph. – Sarah James, Blogger, Taste of Home
When my four sisters and I were little, we made sure everyone on Santa’s crew was taken care of. We set out a glass of milk and a plate of cookies, usually an assortment of decorated sugar cookie cutouts, the peanut butter cookies with the Hershey Kiss in the middle and—a family favorite—Kolachkes. There were enough cookies on the plate to ensure any elves helping Santa that night could have a few, as well. And because we knew the reindeer would be thirsty and hungry from their all-night travels, we left a pail of water, several carrots and some alfalfa that we usually fed to our pet rabbits. Come Christmas morning, we’d race each other down the stairs (after posing on the steps for the annual Christmas morning photo) to find an empty plate, an empty milk glass, a few remaining nibbled-on carrots and a handwritten thank you note from the Big Man himself. – Sara Lancaster, Editor, Taste of Home Retail/Trade Books
What treats did you leave for Santa when you were little? What do your kids leave for him now?
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