There was little I was more excited about than leaving cookies and a letter out for Santa. Ok, well, maybe the presents, but the cookies were a very close second. I spent hours pouring over what to ask him in the letter and what his favorite cookie might be. I figured I couldn’t go wrong with a combination of chocolate chip and sugar cookies. And of course, a few carrots for those hard-working reindeer.
While Americans are all about leaving cookies (Oreos are the most popular) and milk for Santa, what are the other children around the world leaving out for Santa?
Belgium – Forget the sleigh, in Belgium, Santa comes to town on a horse. To keep his horse fueled and ready to haul all of those presents, children leave hay, carrots and water outside of their houses.
Denmark – In Denmark, the tradition surrounds a mischievous elf named Nisse. It’s believed that he enjoys playing jokes during the holidays, so to keep the pranks at a minimum, families leave a bowl of rice pudding out on Christmas Eve.
Britain – Santa gets treated like a king in Britain. Children leave out a slice of mince pie and a glass of brandy. Just no drinking and sleighing, Santa!
Ireland – Similar to Britain, Santa gets a glass of alcohol, but in Ireland, it’s Guinness. On the side, they leave Christmas pudding or mince pie and a carrot for the reindeer.
Sweden – Although times are changing, traditionally, Swedes don’t leave cookies out for Santa. Instead, they leave rice porridge out for a jolly gnome named Farm-Tomte.
Whatever your tradition, set your treats out for Santa in our collectable Santa Cookie Jar.