How to prove that Santa stopped at your home on Christmas Eve

Are your kids looking for proof that the presents under the tree were indeed delive­red by Santa Claus? The jolly old man is known to leave behind bits of evidence in the homes of those who made the nice list, so here are a few things to look for come Christmas morning (and for Mom and Dad to prepare the night before).

• A gift for Santa. Ask your kids to leave a drawing, a card or a handmade gift for Santa to keep. It’s sure to raise his spirits and help him along the rest of his journey.

• The half-eaten snack. Have the kids prepare a small snack for Santa and his reindeer (who might lose a bell or two in the snow while they eat). The leftovers will be un­deniable proof of Santa.

• A letter from Santa. Did Santa enjoy his snack or gift? Maybe he should leave a thank-you note for the kids! Just make sure his handwriting doesn’t look too familiar.

• Footprints. Leave boot prints in the snow (or use soot from the fireplace) to trace Santa’s footsteps. You can also leave reindeer tracks in the snow to show where Da­sher, Dancer and the others stood to eat their carrots.

• Signs of Santa. Leave a piece of red velvety fabric near the chimney to make it seem like Santa tore his coat on the way down. If you don’t have a chimney, Chris­tmas tree branches will do the trick.

• Magic dust. Unbeknownst to him, Santa left a trail of magic dust behind. Spread a bit of glitter around and you’re done!

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