Inspired Cookies for Santa

As a child, I used to leave a little selection of all of my mom's Christmas cookies for Santa. But it can also be fun to make cookies just for the special visitor:

It gets the children involved and anticipations high (as if they could get any higher!). Here are a few ideas:

  • Kids can help make these gingerbread men into reindeer, via Martha Stewart.
  • Back-paint a thrifted glass plate for a custom plate for Santa's cookies. Personalize it by writing "Cookies from the Smiths", for example. via Vintage Image Craft
  • Hang a cookie for Santa on the tree. Kids will be amazed in the morning to see he found it among all of the ornaments on the tree. Image shown is not a real cookie - it's an ornament from Etsy shop KristieGK.

Related: Father Nicholas to Santa Claus: 8 Santa-Shaped Cookies

(Images: as linked above)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.