I’m not at all interested in having a debate on whether or not families should or shouldn’t have Santa be a part of their Christmas,
However, I thought you might find it interesting to read about our family’s interactions with Santa over the years — especially the past years, when they (and, unfortunately, I) were much younger.
We spent many years attending a “Breakfast with Santa” at a local church.
Teens from the church were dressed up as elves and served the food, while about 7-8 booths were set up around the edges of the room with various simple crafts. I remember the kids getting their faces painted, making pipe cleaner candy canes (kinda like the ones in the video below), snowman crafts, and a big reindeer bag to keep everything in.
Chenille Stem Candy Cane Ornament
And of course we would wait on line to see Santa. I believe my kids always had a list prepared.
We also set out cookies and milk every year with a mug-and-plate set that my in-laws gave us when the kids were really little. I remember many years ago, there was a time or two that a girl would write a note to go with the cookies, and Santa would answer. We also often put out the Reindeer Food that the kids make at the Breakfast with Santa.
We recently saw a Shark Tank episode with a product called “Hoppy Paws.” We certainly never did anything that elaborate, but I do remember when the kids were very little, Rob moved the fireplace grate over to the side to make it look like there had been some “fireplace action.”