"We always leave homemade gingerbread cookies that we make and decorate as a family. I have had to tell them a few times 'You are having fun, whether you like it or not,' as we made them, but now they look forward to the tradition. We also have done the reindeer food and you have to remember to get rid of a little before the next morning -- unless there's some snow to cover it."-- Teresa Warden Hallock, South Charleston.
"We leave raisins for the reindeer along with the reindeer food outside on the lawn."-- Leah Broce Forth, Huntington.
"We always leave cut out cookies and gingerbread men the kids have made along with reindeer food (oats, sprinkles and carrots)."-- Felice Bardwell Joseph, Charleston.
"Homemade eggnog with a kick is always left for our Santa!"-- Susan Chilton Shumate, Charleston.
"We always leave cookies and milk for Santa and sprinkle magic oats on the lawn for the reindeer so they can see our yard for landing and enjoy a snack while Santa fills our stockings."-- Patti Loving Alexander, Charleston.
"Remember the Kraft cheese commercial several years ago? Yep, my son believed you received more and bigger presents!"-- Sabrina Tabor Meadows, Charleston.
"We always left cookies, but for some reason, my dad always tried to convince us to leave out beer and pretzels!"-- Lynn Durstock Beck, Fort Mitchell, Ky.
"Beer bread and a Yeungling."-- Jason Harmick, Charleston.
"The reindeer always get dry oatmeal mixed with glitter at our house. The 'reindeer food' is sprinkled on the walkway." -- Brenna Imbrogno Marcum, Dayton, Ohio.
"Homemade cookies, glass of milk and a shot of Crown Royal (my dad insisted it warmed Santa's toes on his long sleigh ride). We also do the oatmeal-glitter reindeer food, but we spread it on the lawn."-- Lucy Baker, formerly of Charleston, now of Oakwood, Ohio.
"When I was a kid back home, I always left him a glass of sherry (a large one) and a cigar (my dad's idea)."-- Jason Harmick, Charleston.
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