One of the most important questions lingering on Christmas Eve is: what to leave for Santa Claus? Tradition has it that with Santa’s night of traveling, he needs snacks to keep him going.
The usual standby for Santa is a glass of milk and a plate of cookies. For a festive treat, try decorated sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, or Christmas wreaths: a holiday twist on the classic Rice Krispies treat (see recipe or visit susanbranch.com).
Warm Santa up with a cup of hot cocoa topped with whipped cream and a candy cane, or leave him a cup of joe; he’ll need the caffeine to stay up all night.
If you’ve been more naughty than nice this year, try bribing Santa with s’mores, just make sure that you don’t make them in the fireplace.
Or try leaving him a local treat, something that he won’t be able to find anywhere else, such as Chilmark Chocolates, Murdick’s Fudge, Not Your Sugar Mamas, or New Moon Magick’s enchanted chocolates.
But it’s not only Santa that needs sustenance, his nine reindeer get hungry too. Leave carrots, ants on a log, or apples to provide them with energy for their long flight.
Remember, if Santa eats too much, he won’t be able to fit down the chimney, so think about leaving him a healthy snack of oranges, grapes, or trail mix.
And if all else fails, there is always Alka-Seltzer and a glass of water.