I would like to suggest to the jolly man in the red velvet suit who brings joy to children all around the world, that he really needs to send out a manual to all parents so they understand the way he operates.
We all know he is magical in the way he manages to deliver presents all over the world in one single night, but realistically, with varying time zones he really gets just shy of 48 hours to complete this task!
What parents need to know are a few key things:
a) Do you need to leave food for reindeers, if so what do they prefer?
In my household we always leave out carrots for the reindeers and occasionally magic oats with red and green glitter.
b) What food should be left for Santa?
We always leave a sweet treat and a glass of milk, although I know plenty of people leave out an alcoholic beverage, but do we really want to encourage Santa to drink drive?
c) Where should Santa stockings/sacks be left?
I know traditionally they are left hanging on the mantelpiece of the fireplace near the snow encrusted windows, but as we live in Australia and we don’t have a fireplace, not to mention any hint of snow in the middle of Summer, we leave the sacks on our children’s beds.
There always seems to be confusion amongst kids (and parents for that fact) as to why Santa leaves lots of gifts for some kids and a single present for others. My kids always wonder why Santa gives them trinkets, whilst he leaves trampolines and bikes for other kids. I just tell my children that obviously those other kids are much better behaved than them 😉
It would be great if Santa were to have a standard set of rules to alleviate the confusion at this time of year, as it may help in reducing the number of ‘Is Santa real?’ type questions that seem to plague many parents at Christmas. For the record, I always assume the ‘If you don’t believe, you don’t receive,’ mantra and it seems whilst ever my kids are receiving gifts they are happy to believe (or at least make me believe that they believe!)
Ho ho hoping you have a Merry Christmas and that you made it onto the nice list this year!
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