One of the traditions we always did when our kids were little was to leave milk and cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. And every year my husband tried to convince the kids that “Santa” would rather have White Castle burgers and Grape Soda. Our kids never believed him though, and so cookies and milk were always left by the tree. As the kids got older, they just realized that “Santa” is really just mom and dad.
Although one year we got them really good. It was the year they were 2, 4, and 6. The oldest was trying to convince the younger two that Santa wasn’t real. We were ok with that. It wasn’t something we have every really tried to convince our kids of. It was just a fun tradition.
BUT… we thought it would be fun to mess with them a little. We borrowed a Santa suit from a friend of ours and set up a video camera. My husband came in the front door in the suit with a big bag of presents. He started putting them around the tree quietly. After he was done, he turned around and saw the milk and cookies that were left out. He acted surprised and then said, “Yum! Milk and Cookies.” Now he tried to say it in a jolly Santa voice, but it totally sounded like him.
The funniest part was showing the kids the next morning after they opened their presents. They were convinced Santa had come in our home…even my oldest was sure it was Santa, until we got to the milk and cookies part. My oldest got this funny look on his face and said, “Dad, that sounds like you.” We played it off pretty good. I think they believed in Santa for another year or two after that.
This year I am going to tell my kids that “Santa” wants milk and donuts to go. Santa might get hungry in mid air and need another snack to hold him over until he gets home. Sadly this is one of those traditions that they have outgrown. I wonder if they will leave the cookies and milk if I tell them it’s just for me, and that I need the energy to wrap all the gifts? It’s worth a shot:-)
I am having so much fun with my treat carrier box die cut. How cute is this little box? I can even see it with a bottled Starbucks coffee and some chocolate covered coffee beans for a “thanks a latte” gift for teachers anytime throughout the year.
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