Where Did the Milk and Cookies for Santa Tradition Begin?

The American part of it dates to the 1930's!

The American part of it dates to the 1930’s during the great depression. Parents wanted their children to show generosity and gratitude in hard times and it’s been continually passed down ever since. British and Australians show their love with sherry and mince pies and Swedish kids leave rice porridge. Americans however, will overload the jolly old elf with an estimated 300 to 336 million cookies.