So what does our symbol of joy and obesity really eat? Apart from the obvious milk and cookies, what really sustains him? Depending on who you ask, in what country and time of day...it varies.
Although Australians also leave cookies for Santa to snack on, they replace the glass of milk with a cold glass of beer. Nice, drunk driving!
Some Irish families leave a pint of Guinness for Santa on the eve of Christmas.
Like in Australia and Ireland, children in Britain leave Santa alcohol. There seems to be a pattern here, If he makes it over the pond we'll be lucky!
Christmas in Argentina continues until January 6, which is Three Kings Day. The night before Three Kings Day, children leave their shoes outside so they can be filled with gifts. They also leave hay and water for the kings' horses.
Denmark doesn't leave anything for Julemanden — Denmark's term for Santa — to munch on, but they do leave out rice pudding for elves.
Germany has more of a Christmas angel, the "Christkind," than a Santa, and they don't leave any snacks. Instead, they leave the angel handwritten letters that are decorated with sparkles and markers. In the morning, the letters are gone and in their place are gifts.
Say what you want about fruitcake, but Santa Claus (Viejo Pascuero as he’s called in Chile) is crazy for this sweet bread containing candied ginger and dried fruits. It’s also flavored with rum so he can keep his buzz going throughout the Americas.
While Christmas isn’t as big of a deal in Japan, they have picked up on the commercial aspect of the holiday.
KFC, in particular, is now thought of as the go-to spot for a romantic Christmas meal destination thanks to an incredibly effective advertising campaign that began in 1974.
So, if Santa Claus wants to impress Mrs. Claus with some Extra Crispy, he’ll have to wait hours in line like everyone else.
Another yuletide necessity as Tomte—the Scandanavian spirit of winter associated with Christmas—reaches the home stretch. A little coffee from the children of Sweden should give him a fresh jolt of jolliness.
While in France, Père Noël munches on some tasty biscuits as his ultimate snack, while his reindeer refuel on carrots. Children leave the carrots in their shoes, which Ol’ Pierre then fills with toys and sweets to thank them for being so helpful to his traveling companions.
No word on what the reindeer think of this practice.
Maybe it is a good thing for the rest of us that Russia celebrates Christmas on January 7.
Because all the kids leave a generous shot of vodka for Santa – and with 57.5million homes in the country, he’d be too sleighed to get round the world on December 24.
Known here as Ded Moroz, which translates as Grandfather Frost, he uses three dashing white horses instead of reindeer to pull his giant sledge – and takes glamorous blonde assistant Snegurochka along for the ride.
Well it seems to be that the secret to a long and fruitful life boils down to cookies, booze and fried chicken! Who knew? Personally, I will stick with the reindeer diet...could be the next big thing. Today, I would like to wish you all a joyous, happy and loving holiday season. I'll be taking the rest of the month off to enjoy mine. Moving forward, lets try to take more interest in our fellow man, and less on selfish interests. Let's make 2022 an awesome year. Cheers, and Happy Holidays!