I'd like to add that one Christmas Eve when I was little(don't remember my exact age but I was somewhere between 7 and 10 I think) I heard a very distinct "thud, thud" on my roof. Immediately I thought it was Santa as my room is right under the chimney, so I assume/assumed either his sleigh had landed just climbed out, or maybe he was just coming out of the chimney, after finishing my house, as it sounded like two heavy boots hitting the ground one right after the other. I didn't hear any sleigh bells nor did I look out my window and see a "miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer", but I vividly remember that distinctive thump. When I repeat this story, some people said it may have been a burglar, but why would he go through the trouble of climbing all the way on the roof, especially when you're right over the windows, not to mention a pretty sleep drop onto the patio from that height, which is pretty likely in December, when roofs are the most dangerous. He would have used the front or back door, but my parents were still awake, so I don't he do anything high maintenance, that would draw attention, not to mention the sound of a struggle and yelling and shouting prompting someone to call the cops. On top of that, there was one "thud, thud", not a series of them a burglar would make if he were up to walking around. He'd do a Grinch esque low maintenance theft. Not saying it was Santa but it was weird and it's a sound I strongly remember to this day.
Edited by Pete LeBrun, 16 December 2013 - 06:50 PM.