I don’t remember exactly what cookies we left out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.
We could have left out chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodles or my favorite, peanut butter blossoms. I vaguely recall that the reindeer got carrot sticks.
What I clearly remember is my outrage that not only did Santa make off with his snacks but he took our plate, too. That is the detail that my 7-year-old brain fixated on that holiday season. I remember grappling with the double standard that I had to behave myself to get presents but Father Christmas could go around swiping plates.
I love those stories about what we left out for Santa. My co-worker, Brooke Cain, shared how her family left out a slice of chocolate cream pie and a Pepsi because Santa would be tired of milk and cookies by the time he got to their house.
I want to hear your stories. What did you leave out for Santa and his reindeer? Was it always the same? Was it always served on the same plate? What traditions did you experience as a child? What old traditions did you carry on or what new traditions did you start with your children or grandchildren?
There is one caveat: Nobody wants to spoil the fun. So you need to write your essay accordingly.
We’ll publish a selection of your essays on Christmas Eve.
Mail those to Andrea Weigl, The News & Observer, 215 S. McDowell St., Raleigh, N.C., 27601. Or write an email with “Santa Snacks” in the subject line to email@example.com. Please include your full name, age, town and a phone number so we us get in touch if we have any questions.
The deadline to share your story is midnight Dec. 14.