Santa's List Day
annually on December 4th
Santa's List Day is the day each year when Santa makes his list of children that have been naughty or nice, so he knows what to bring them for Christmas. Santa learns who has been naughty or nice after hearing from his elves. The Elf on the Shelf, a children's book published in 2005, talks about elves that visit people's houses from just after Thanksgiving, until Christmas Eve, and report back to Santa each night about who has been naughty or nice. It seems odd that Santa's List Day is celebrated so early if his elves are still keeping a watchful eye on children. It also is still three weeks until Christmas, so that leaves children a lot of time to still be naughty if Santa already puts them on the nice list. A few sources claim that this also may be the day when children mail their Christmas lists to Santa, but Dear Santa Letter Week already occurred last month, so this is unlikely.
How to Observe Santa's List Day
Celebrate the day by reflecting on how you have acted throughout the year, and if you think you would be on Santa's naughty or nice list. If in fact Santa is making his list today, it is too late to change course to have your actions affect what you will receive for Christmas this year. But if there is an elf on your shelf, maybe Santa is still keeping an eye on you. Today could also be celebrated by reading The Elf on the Shelf, or other books related to Santa. Although letters to Santa should have been written during Dear Santa Letter Week, today may be a good day to send Santa a list of what you want if you haven't gotten the chance to yet.