Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sustaining The Myth

When children are small, grownups will go to great lengths to keep the myth of Santa Claus alive. This year, I was witness to truly heroic efforts.

You've heard, no doubt, of leaving out cookies and milk for Santa but did you know the reindeer need sustenance, too? Our granddaughter, who has reached the ripe old age of nearly four, put out a carrot and a raw sweet potato for the reindeer, next to the cookies and milk.

To enhance the idea that Santa had actually been there, the cookies were consumed and half the milk drunk. We even ate the carrot, leaving just the stem end on the plate. For true realism, however, it was determined that a few bites must be taken out of the sweet potato to convince Mia that the reindeer had enjoyed it. It was dutifully passed from grownup to grownup.

The things we will do for our children! Ho, ho, ho!


Blogger Bill said...

oAround here, the reindeer don't come in the house--a handful of oats is scattered out on the snow for them. MUCH easier for them to "eat"!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Hey, it's a food blog, right? Reindeer gotta eat.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010  
Blogger Ms Brown Mouse said...

We always left hay and carrots for the reindeer and they always ate it. We were told Santa required a beer which was also left and always consumed :)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Bill, welcome! I like your idea of oats scattered for the reindeer but how do you verify that they've been eaten?

Cookiecrumb, right!

Ms Mouse, do all Australian Santas drink beer or just yours? Love that!

Thursday, December 30, 2010  

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