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Why do we leave Cookies and Milk for Santa on Christmas Eve?

Cookies and Milk for SantaOver the past several weeks, we have explored the origins of several Christmas traditions, including the history of the Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, and Stocking Stuffers, and why Christmas is on December 25th. This week, we are going to take a look into the reasons behind one of our yummiest traditions: cookies and milk for Santa.

Why do we leave Cookies and Milk for Santa on Christmas Eve?

When Christmas Eve comes around, do you leave cookies and milk out for Santa before you go to bed? Have you ever wondered where this tasty tradition comes from? Well, we wondered the same thing! So we decided to do a little research. Unfortunately, we could not find any one reason behind the tradition. We did, however, find several theories.

  1. Leaving cookies and milk for Santa could be linked to Saint Nicholas. During the tradition feast of jolly old St. Nick, December 6th, children would leave food and drink for the saint and his attendants. These offerings would be exchanged for gifts overnight.
  2. Leaving cookies and milk for Santa could be directly related to the history of the Christmas tree. In Germany, the people would decorate what they called a paradise tree with apples, wafers and cookies. This German tradition would merge with Christianity and become the basis for our modern Christmas tree. And Santa would often snack on the delicious decorations. Over time, while Christmas tree decorations changed, the idea of leaving snacks for Santa stuck around.
  3. Leaving cookies and milk for Santa could be linked to Norse mythology. People would leave hay and treats for Odin’s eight legged horse Sleipner in hopes the god would stop by their home during his Yule hunting adventures. This tradition was handed down to Dutch children who would leave treats out for Father Christmas’ horse.
  4. Leaving cookies and milk for Santa could be linked to the Great Depression. During this time, it is believed that parents wanted to inspire their children to share with others. To help them do this, they would leave snacks out for Santa Claus and his reindeer.

These are just a few of the many theories behind one of our favorite holiday traditions. However, if you really want to surprise Santa this year, candy is the way to go. While everyone else will leave cookies and milk, you can leave milk chocolate candy cane pops or, better yet, milk chocolate foil Santas!

Whatever type of candy you choose, Wockenfuss is the place to go. Our entire line of Christmas candy is available online at and can be shipped to you in 3-6 business days. We also offer pick-up orders, as well.

Happy Holidays!

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