CARROT: a biennial herb with a usually orange spindle-shaped edible root
We have a couple of special plates that come out on Christmas Eve. One says “Cookies for Santa” and the other “Carrots for Reindeer.” Here is a transcript of my conversation with Son about the carrot plate:
Son: Mom, did you remember to buy carrots at the store?
Me: Yes, we have carrots.
Son: Do you have nine?
Me: I think so.
Son: Wait. Is it going to be foggy tonight?
Mom: I’m not sure.
Son: Maybe we’ll only need eight carrots. But, we should leave an extra in case Rudolph is there too.
Me: Good idea.
Son: But, what if Rudolph isn’t there? It wouldn’t be fair for one reindeer to get two carrots if all the others only get one.
Me: Maybe Santa will eat it as a healthy snack.
Son: Let’s leave a note so that Santa knows there is only one carrot per reindeer and if there is an extra he should leave it on the plate or eat it himself.