Santa is coming, and that means it is time to start thinking about what sort of treats you want to leave him! Leaving out cookies for Santa is a long standing tradition, but if you want to switch it up a bit there are some other Christmas Eve food traditions you can start with your family.
You never know, Santa may be getting tired of cookies and ready for a change, right? (It all depends on who’s the part of Santa who does the treat eating on Christmas Eve, right?)
6 Christmas Eve Food Traditions That Aren’t Cookies
I know that I seem to be surrounded by sweets and tasty treats during the holiday season.
If you’re trying to manage the amount of those treats that you’re eating, then some of these Christmas Eve food traditions could be a great way to turn Santa into a teachable moment about making better choices!
Plus, you might be able to avoid having to munch on a few extra cookies!
Not all of these alternative Christmas Eve food ideas are healthier, but they definitely break things up from the typical cookies for Santa!
And if you’re looking for SWEET TREAT IDEAS, we’ve got two of our favorite easy recipes that are great for Christmas Eve:
Alternative Santa Christmas Eve Food Ideas
Carrots & Dip
Not only are they a healthier choice for Santa, but his reindeer will love them too!
Leave out a plate of carrots for Santa and let him know that he can share them with his crew or critters. Those reindeer work hard too, why not get them in on the action?
Reindeer Munch Mix
Create a batch of reindeer munch mix with peanuts, pretzels, chocolate chips, coconut shreds, and other mix-ins of your choice.
This is an easy grab and go snack for Santa to take with him as he travels the night sky, and won’t distract him while he’s driving.
It’s like trail mix for the skies on Christmas Eve!
If you want to start some healthier Christmas Eve food traditions for when Santa visits your house, offer him a refreshing fruit kabob!
It can be a great activity to do during the day! Let the kids help make them and leave them out with some yogurt dip. All you need are some fruit chunks and wood skewers. We love pineapple, grapes, and strawberries the most around here!
Hot Chocolate Bar
This is another snack the kids will want to enjoy as well. It’s also a great addition to your Christmas Eve activities!
Put out a mug of cocoa for Santa with some mix inmix-ins like a peppermint stick, cinnamon, and marshmallows.
This way Santa can fix up his drink anyway he wants, and so can you!
Cheese & Crackers
Santa loves cheese, it’s a fact! Did you know that?
Leave out some crackers and cheese for Santa so he can enjoy a savory snack.
You might also enjoy the cheese and crackers after the kids go to bed and you still have wrapping and assembling to do!
If you’re looking for Christmas Eve activities to do together, painting marshmallows is a creative one that even the youngest in the family can participate in!
Dip a small paintbrush in a little food coloring and decorate large marshmallows for Santa. It’s a fun way to leave a little personalized snack for Santa.
With any of these Christmas Eve food ideas for Santa, it’s always fun to leave a handwritten note for him.
Kids will enjoy writing this note and attaching it to the snacks. Don’t forget to snap a pic, so you can be sure to remember what you leave out from year to year.
These Christmas Eve food traditions are super simple but it’s a great way to build memories that will last forever!
If you need more ideas, check out all of our Christmas activities and ideas!
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