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What Do You Leave For Santa?

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you know who Santa is. And if asked, you could describe him on the spot with phrases like, fat, jolly, and round. According to research (yes, scientists actually conduct research about Santa), this red-suited, white-haired man "promotes a message that obesity is synonymous with cheerfulness and joviality." Public health expert Nathan Grills of Monash University in Australia says the beloved Christmas icon should "ditch his sleigh and start biking or walking to lose his jelly belly," and "swap his traditional snacks of cookies and milk in favor of sharing carrots with Rudolph."

What do you think? Will you be leaving Santa some yummy or healthy treats this Christmas?

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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 6 years
Santa DOESN'T need cookies and milk! He needs broccoli and bell peppers!
vanillabean vanillabean 6 years
Wow, I think I am going to sneak into Mme Hart's home and steal that snack! At my house, don't leave anything for Santa. We've been trying to starve him for years and believe that he has an eating disorder.
MariahGem MariahGem 6 years
Dude, no. Carrots? That's for the Easter Bunny. Duh.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
We always left cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. Who knows, maybe Santa ate the carrots and gave the reindeer the cookies :)
Stefaniee Stefaniee 6 years
when i was younger i always wanted to leave santa a beer and cookies and i left carrots for the reindeer
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 6 years
We live in France and leave a glass of red wine, marron glace (sugar chestnuts) and cheese
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 6 years
I am pretty sure no child is thinking yes, I want to look fat like santa so I guess I better eat some more cookies. It's just a character and something silly to make you smile. Some people need some holiday spirit and to lighten up.
javaFlower javaFlower 6 years
Because one side of our family gathers the weekend before Christmas and has a ham, the tradition arose that we have Split Pea Soup with Ham for Christmas Eve. The first year that my son wanted to leave something for Santa, he asked to leave a bowl of Split Pea Soup with Ham, because it would warm Santa up and because he gets enough cookies. We loved the idea, so Santa slurps soup at our house!
ecel4687 ecel4687 6 years
We usually leave cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer.
Jess7 Jess7 6 years
This study just seems ridiculous.I don't know, I get the point, but are we really going to give Santa a makeover and have him start jogging and munching carrots? (Leaving a choice of foods seems like a good alternative, though).That just seems silly to me. If a parent promotes healthy eating the rest of the year, I don't think that Santa will have that much of an effect on children's eating habits. And quite frankly, an overweight Santa does seem like more fun than one who counts calories and can't enjoy some cookies on Christmas. To quote Mrs. Clause in my favourite holiday movie (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, of course!): "Whoever heard of a skinny Santa?!"
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