It is a Christmas Eve tradition in our home. Not only do we leave Santa some cookie, but we offer the Reindeer a special treat as well. Making reindeer food is simple and easy. The kids will love this new family tradition.
How to Make Reindeer Food!
Our family always leaves Santa with Cookies and beer (yep, my husband’s idea to help Santa relax delivering all those presents), but what about those cute Reindeer. This year we are planning to help energize and nourish the reindeer as they deliver presents.
My kids and I have been making magic reindeer food ever since my oldest was in Kindergarten. (He is now in 5th grade!) And he knows that Santa is not real. That was a sad day when if figure out that truth. But he still enjoys this tradition.
Here’s how you make “Reindeer Food”
- Dry Oats
- Glitter (or Cake Sprinkles, Not as messy)
There are no exact measurements here.
How much of each depends on how big a batch of reindeer food you want. Put some of each out in three measuring cups and let kids dump them in a big bowl and stir them up with a wooden spoon.
I would add the glitter in yourself (depending on the age of your kids); I could only imagine how much of a glittering mess you will have in your kitchen or use cake sprinkles or anything that adds BLING to the dry mix.
Why These 3 ingredients Are Used:
Oats – Well, that is what real reindeer like to eat (or so I am told).
Sugar – To make it sweet. Reindeer’s do have a sweet tooth. Don’t they?
Glitter – To make it sparkle in the night. This way the reindeer can find it while Santa is delivering goods. I explain to my kids why we use each ingredient. This is a tradition we have started a few years ago and LOVE!!
Please note: that you can always feel free to substitute glitter for cake sprinkles.
I would suggest that you help the kids scatter it very broadly. This way you don’t end up with piles of mush in your yard and the kids will be saddened to see the reindeer didn’t eat their food.
Not only is this a fun idea to do with your kids, but this idea can be share.
It would make the best classroom gifts at your child’s holiday party. You could even give them out to the other special kids in your life who might like it! I already have a few in mind!
Happy Reindeer Feeding!