We always go to my moms house for dinner where Santa (grandpa) stops by with a small gift for each child. Then we come home to watch The Polar Express while drinking hot cocoa. The girls go outside to toss Reindeer Food around the yard. But the part the girls get so excited about is the visit from Mrs. Claus!
Every year, when the girls are getting ready for bed, Mrs. Claus stops by. The doorbell rings and left behind is a sweet treat baked by Mrs. Claus herself!
|Last year Mrs. Claus left the girls Santa sugar cookies.|
The girls have never seen Mrs. Claus, but they sure do appreciate the tasty surprises she brings every Christmas eve!
We started this tradition when Mariah was about 5. She didn't understand what Mrs. Claus does all year, so I told her she bakes cookies. "Why does she need to bake cookies when everyone else leaves cookies for Santa?" Good question smarty pants! Thus, cookie baking for all the kids of the world began.
I went to the bakery to find the fanciest cookie they had, then stored it in the fridge so it would be still cold from her travels from the wintery North Pole.
Each year it's something new. Sometimes they get a slice of cake, a fancy cupcake or cookies. We like to switch it up a bit so the girls are surprised each year. I am sure that we will continue with this tradition even when they no longer believe.
Does your family have any special Christmas Eve traditions? I'd love to hear about them. I am always looking to add to ours :)