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12 Things You Didn't Know About Santa

Some call him Kris Kringle, others know him as St. Nicholas, and of course he often goes by the name of Santa Claus. As familiar as he is to us all, however, it occurred to us that a lot of people really don't know very much about the guy. We wanted to find out more. While Santa himself was too busy to answer our personal questions, we got a lot of the inside scoop from his elves when they dropped off milk and cookies at The Daily Meal for our annual holiday party. They filled us in on everything from his cookie-eating habits to the sources behind the naughty and nice list. Mrs. Claus also spared a minute to tell us Santa’s favorite snacks for the sleigh and what he eats before he leaves the North Pole on Christmas Eve! Hint: it isn’t more cookies. 


Cookies for Santa!

“The cookies-and-milk custom is derived from an older tradition, when families would stuff stockings with goodies for Santa and hang them by the chimney, his preferred mode of entrance, as a welcoming gift,” according to History.com.


What is Santa’s favorite cookie?

Santa’s favorite cookie depends on what country he is visiting! While he enjoys all of the different cookies in the world, he can’t say no to Mrs. Claus’ fresh baked chocolate chip cookies


Santa’s Favorite Milk

We know Santa loves his Christmas cookies, but what is Santa’s favorite milk to pair with his cookies? Almond milk? Whole milk? Chocolate milk? 

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What is Santa’s Favorite Milk?

After conversing with the top elves, we’ve concluded that Santa’s preference for milk changes depending on the cookies and county he is visiting. For example, Santa loves pairing a cold glass of whole milk with a warm chocolate chip cookie in America, but he also loves pairing strufoli with a freshly brewed cappuccino in Italy, where he enjoys his milk with espresso. He respects all traditions, including pairing vegan cookies with cold almond milk! 

Holiday Drinks

Santa loves a good Holiday drink. He even brought Starbucks to the North Pole, so he could enjoy a gingerbread tea latte and thick hot chocolate whenever he wanted. (For the record, he isn't too pleased with those plain red cups either.) 

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What is Santa’s favorite Holiday Drink?

While Santa loves anything rich that tastes like a cookie, his favorite drink is classic Christmas eggnog — after he's finished driving his sleigh, of course. Since Christmas Eve is National Eggnog Day, this is a likely choice for Santa’s favorite. Though no one is sure what the origin of eggnog is, it’s said to be a descendent of the medieval drink called posset, a blend of sweetened and spiced milk curdled with ale or wine.

What Fuel Does Santa Run On?

What exactly does Santa dine on before he leaves to deliver presents to the world on Christmas Eve? We’ve got the scoop from Mrs. Claus herself!


Pre-Christmas Protein

Mrs. Claus makes Santa a delicious homemade meal that he enjoys with all of his elves on Christmas Eve. Their traditional Christmas Eve dinner consists of a warm roast (no, not venison, which would hit a little too close to home) lots of roasted vegetables, and a green salad to make sure Santa has lots of protein and energy before his long night!  

Santa Snacks

Santa doesn’t just survive on Christmas cookies all night while he’s delivering presents around the world. Mrs. Claus packs him a snack and warm beverage for the sleigh ride! 


What does Santa snack on in the sleigh?

Mrs. Claus makes Santa a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to snack on while he’s flying around the world and a thermos filled with hot chocolate. He saves the eggnog for when he gets home, because he can’t have eggnog while driving! 

Reindeer Feed

What does Santa feed Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph? We found what reindeer really eat after some investigating. 

What Do Santa's Magical Reindeer Eat?

Reindeer favorites include grass, shrubbery, birches, mushrooms, and a kind of lichen called reindeer moss, to name a few. His magical reindeer can only fly if they’re full with energy, so make sure to leave out some reindeer feed for Santa next to his cookies! 


Santa’s Diet

Does Santa go on a diet after Christmas? With all those snacks during the holiday season, Santa makes his New Year’s resolution to lose that extra holiday weight.  


Does Santa Go on a Diet After Christmas?

Santa, like all of us, is a tad naughty during the holidays and snacks on one too many cookies. Mrs. Claus has him on a strict diet post-Christmas to make sure he fits into his red suit the following year! 


Santa’s Present

Did you ever wonder what Santa wants for Christmas? What does he make for Mrs. Claus and all of the elves in the North Pole?


What does Santa want for Christmas?

Santa, the elves, and Mrs. Claus all want the same thing for Christmas – to make all of the children of the world happy with Christmas cheer. That’s their perfect present


Naughty and Nice

How exactly does Santa make his definitive list of who is naughty and who is nice? Where does his information come from to make these executive decisions? 


How Does Santa Decide Who's Naughty and Nice?

Santa relies on the parents and guardians of the world to send him secret lists of children’s behavior. If you’re worried you’re getting coal in your stocking this year, make sure to be on your best behavior so Santa doesn’t put you on the naughty list. 

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Jolly Old Saint Nicholas!

The original Santa Claus was a monk named Nicholas who would travel to help the poor and sick, and had a habit of leaving coins in children's left-out shoes at night. This saint-to-be was born around 280 A.D. in what is now Turkey. So, how old does that make Santa Claus?

How old is Santa?

This makes Santa 1,735 years old! Santa’s magic has been preserved for almost 2,000 years in the spirt of Christmas. He currently resides in a secret location in the North Pole where he can peacefully make toys for all of the children of the world. 

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Santa and Movies

Santa loves watching movies, especially the ones that depict him! He feels like a super star watching great actors portray him. Have you ever wondered which Christmas movie Santa just can’t get enough of? 

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What is Santa’s Favorite Christmas Movie?

While Santa loves to watch all of the Christmas movies to get him pumped for the big day, we’ve learned that his favorite movie is Miracle on 34th Street, according to research conducted by AMC

Santa’s Vacation

After Christmas, Santa has to do something to relax, doesn’t he? 


What Does Santa Do After Christmas?

After Christmas, Santa takes a long well-deserved vacation in the tropics with Mrs. Claus, the elves, and all of the reindeer. We can’t disclose the private island he stays on for security reasons, but let’s just say he’ll be wearing his swim trunks and sipping a piña colada

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