Amazing Christmas Facts That Will Change The Way You See The Holiday

Leaving Cookies Out For Santa

The tradition of leaving cookies or other treats out for Santa Claus can be traced back to an ancient Norse tradition. Children who would leave hay and treats for the god Odin’s eight-legged horse Sleipnir, hoping they would stop by during their hunting adventures.

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Dutch children continued this tradition, leaving food in their wooden shoes outside for St. Nicholas’ horse. They then began leaving out food and drinks for St. Nicholas himself to honor him on his feast day. Today, people typically leave out cookies and milk for Santa Claus, continuing this centuries-old tradition.