Ghost Stories and Tall Tales of the American South

The Missing Cookies – Story Background

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This story really just came out of thin air. Like other kids, I left cookies out for Santa each Christmas Eve, plus hay for the reindeer. Of course when you woke up in the morning the food was gone, but lots of presents were left behind – sometimes along with a personal note from Santa. With this story, though, I thought it’d be cool to actually have there be a different reason for the missing cookies other than Santa being hungry. While it’s always a difficult experience for parents to eventually have to tell their kids the real story about Santa, in this case the kid gets to keep a piece of childhood fantasy long into adulthood.

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