The tradition of leaving milk and cookies
for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve night
is believed to have emerged around the
time of the Great Depression
when parents wanted to inspire their children
to share with others, especially in hard times.
Finding crumbs on the plate the next morning
was proof that Jolly St. Nick had visited.
In England, sherry and mince pie are used.
And in Germany,
carrots are left out for the reindeer.
There's a Dutch custom to fill wooden shoes
with hay for Santa's horses.
Whatever your custom,
make sure you leave something nice for Santa.
(Chances are it will be gone Christmas morning.)
Ho Ho Ho!