Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming!
Thanksgiving Day is always the beginning of the Christmas holiday for me. No more Fall leaves, pumpkins, and turkeys. Peppermint is in the air, jingle bells are all around, and gingerbread houses are being built on every corner. Magically Christmas decorations appear, Nat King Cole start singing about chestnuts roasting, and we hear the jingling of bells as the Christmas Elf leaves treats. I’m so excited to celebrate the holiday season!
Yes, all this magical Christmas stuff is a lot of work but it’s worth it for me. I want my grandchildren to feel the magic—the warm, cozy ambiance of music and food, and love and tradition that builds memories.
One of my favorite Christmas Eve traditions is sprinkling Magic Reindeer Food on the lawn (or wherever the kids want to sprinkle it.) Magic Reindeer Food is sprinkled outside on Christmas Eve, leaving a twinkling trail and a tasty snack for Rudolph and his reindeer friends. The magical reindeer food will help Santa’s reindeer find their house and entice them to stop at.
Recently my 6 year-old granddaughter starting about Magic Reindeer Food. She wanted to know if we were still going to do it, had I purchased it yet and, if so, where do they sell it. I’m not sure she really believes with her whole heart in Santa and his reindeer but I think she still wants to believe. Anyway the tradition of sprinkling the Magic Reindeer Food on Christmas Eve is fun for kids of all ages.
I told Zare that Magic Reindeer Food is so special partly because it’s homemade and that this year she could help me make it.
The recipe is very simple.
Magic Reindeer Food
Makes 3 bags
1 ½ cup rolled oats
¼ cup red glitter (You can also substitute green glitter. The reindeer don’t mind.)
Add the ingredients to a mixing bowl. Stir gently. Pour into small bags. (I use ½ cup per bag.) Make sure the bags are closed tightly. (I’m going to share a little secret: I don’t usually follow a recipe. I just dump in the oats and glitter until I think it looks right. But Zare seemed concerned that magic was an exact science, hence you now have a recipe.)
Now just add a tag, some curling ribbon and abracadabra—Magic Reindeer Food. The tag I used is a free printable I found on Pinterest. You’ll find it here.
Zare loved making the food, bagging it, and attaching the little tag. She chattered on about wanting to make one bag for each reindeer and wanting to put more glitter in just for Rudolph. She thought she might need 2 bags this year –one for the front yard and one for the back yard. (In past years she’s lived in an apartment. They would sprinkled it on the little grassy area right in front of their apartment door.)
I’ve always made the little bags of Magic Reindeer Food alone. I never realized having the kids help me would be so enjoyable. I will not able to be with all my grandchildren on Christmas Eve when they sprinkle the food so having Zare help me this year was so special.
In the end we made a bag of Magic Reindeer Food for her brother, 4 of her cousins, and three of her playmates. After Thanksgiving Dinner, each of my grandchildren will receive their little bag to take home with them. We’ll deliver the rest of the bags to the other children before Christmas.
Creating your own Magic Reindeer Food is an inexpensive classroom project or family activity. I hope you add Magic Reindeer Food to your holiday traditions.
- Be sure to use edible glitter (the sort that you can decorate cakes with) as craft glitter can be harmful to wildlife.
- If Christmas Eve is damp, sprinkle your Magic reindeer food on grass, not a pathway or paved area as the rain could turn your glittery oat mix into porridge!
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?