It is most likely that the tradition of Santa's cookies and milk stems from the medieval German custom of the "paradise tree." Other thoughts are that it is linked to the Great Depression, Norse mythology or Saint Nicholas himself.Know More
A paradise tree was used by families in medieval Germany, and was decorated with apples, wafers and cookies. When this tradition merged with Christianity's customs, many families chose to continue decorating the Christmas tree with edible items. Eventually, the tradition moved from putting the food on the tree to leaving it on a table by the fireplace to be more convenient for Santa to snack. Milk was integrated with the snack since it is a beverage that naturally melds well with cookies.
The cookies and milk tradition may be linked to the Great Depression as well. It is simply a way of teaching the children that it is important to share, even when times might be hard. In Norse mythology, the Norse god Odin rode an eight-legged horse named Sleipner. He visited children during the Yule period, so the families left snacks out to entice him to visit their home. The feast of Saint Nicholas is on December 6th, and it may be possible that Santa's cookies and milk tradition stems from St. Nick's celebration. Children traditionally left St. Nick treats in exchange for presents the next day.Learn more about Christmas
Santa Claus says "ho ho ho" in order to promote a joyful, happy and laughter-rich image for young children. "Ho ho ho" is an onomatopoeia, which is a word that sounds like what it means. It is used as the sound that Santa makes because it is one of the onomatopoeia words for laughter.Full Answer >
According to legend in Great Britain, the United States and Canada, Santa resides in a hideaway somewhere in the North Pole. Most of the world believes Santa lives around this location. Where Santa lives in legend depends on the culture of the people telling the legend.Full Answer >
Artists Washington Irving and Thomas Nast are credited with being the reasons why Santa wears red clothes. Santa Claus was first given a red waistcoat back in 1809 by Washington Irving and given a full red-and-white suit by Thomas Nast later that century.Full Answer >
Letters to Santa stay in the area where they were mailed, unless the envelope lists a specific address, according to the U.S. Postal Service. Volunteers sort through and respond to the letters.Full Answer >