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As I do every year, it is time to share our recipe for reindeer food! You can even print this cute reindeer food poem if you’re making these as gifts.
When I was little, we did the cookies-and-milk-for-Santa thing. Every couple years we would think to throw a carrot or two outside for the reindeer to enjoy while Santa carried in our loot.
Then a few years ago I came across a recipe for Reindeer Food. Seemed simple enough – oatmeal and sugar crystals mixed together. You then sprinkle the food on your lawn on Christmas Eve. The “reindeer dust” (sugar) sparkles in the moonlight and helps the reindeer find your house. Cute!
So one day when I found myself with a rainy day and a daughter AND niece to entertain, I figured we could make our own reindeer food.
You will need:
- Sugar crystals (any sprinkles will do!)
- Cinnamon (optional)
- empty baby food jar or ziploc bag
- poem tag (optional)
So we started out with our ingredients:
Dump them all in a bowl:
We then filled up our baby food jars and covered them with tissue paper (you could also use fabric). The last step was to add the reindeer food poem tag:
So there you have it, magical reindeer food. Who knew, right?!
Here are the poems that goes with it – pick your fave!
Sprinkle on the lawn at night
The moon will make it sparkle bright
Santa’s reindeer fly and roam
This will guide them to your home
Take this magic food and sprinkle on the lawn,
Santa’s reindeer will travel miles before the dawn.
The smell of oats and the glitter path will guide them on their way
And you’ll wake up to Santa’s gifts on Christmas Day!