We won’t sugarcoat it: The tradition of children leaving out milk and cookies for Santa Claus isn’t an easy one to trace.
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You know the Christmas routine: Decorate the tree, wrap gifts and leave out treats for Santa on Christmas Eve.
Marketers and Hollywood reinforce that cookie tradition for us year after year.
This year, in Reddi-wip’s “I Am Not Your Dad” commercial, a father is caught by his son nibbling cookies. In The Santa Clause, a Tim Allen Santa tells a little girl that he can’t eat fattening treats and then returns the next year to find soy milk instead. Macaulay Culkin, as Kevin in Home Alone, leaves out milk and cookies without his parents around to prompt him.
Clint Black even wrote a Christmas song titled “Until Santa’s Gone (Milk and Cookies).”