When it’s cold in the States, it’s hot in Australia. The Weather Channel predicts it will be 87 degrees in Perth on Christmas Day. That’s why Santa is treated to a cold glass of beer to wash down his cookies.
Beer is also left by Irish kids, but not just any beer. In Ireland, it has to be a pint of Guinness. You’ll also find no cookies here. Santa can find a mince pie near the tree instead.
Santa can fill up on mince pies in Britain, too, but he’ll enjoy it with a glass of sherry to warm him up.
Christmas Eve in Argentina is a time for fireworks and globos, paper balloons that are lighted from within and float. Kids don’t open presents until January 6, which is Three Kings Day. They leave out hay and water for the Magi’s horses — that’s right, horses.
Kids in Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands also believe Santa’s sleigh is pulled by horses, so they leave carrots and hay as a snack.
In addition to hay and carrots for the horses, kids in Denmark make rice pudding and leave it out for the elves. The children believe elves — who are named nisser and who live in the attic — will taunt them all evening if there is no pudding. Santa, however, gets nothing.