With the Big Night less than a week away, you are probably planning your Christmas meals. But have you considered what you will leave out for Santa and his reindeer?
When I first saw Reindeer Food in a shop a few years ago I thought it was a neat idea. Since that first sighting, I have seen this around so many places. Usually it is for sale with the proceeds going to charity, other times it can be found at craft sales and shows. Last year I thought that Tristan may like to make some himself to leave for Rudolph.
On Christmas Eve Tristan sat up at the kitchen table and took out his breakfast oats.
He poured some into one of his bowls. He chose green for this special occasion. The oats will give Rudolph and his eight little reindeer friends something to nibble on while Santa is inside doing his thing or having a light healthy snack of his own.
Tristan chose which colour of glitter he would like to add to the oats. He chose pink. He sprinkled some of this on top of the oats. The glitter is meant to catch the light and give a beacon to Santa that he shouldn’t forget to land at this location.
Next he carefully mixed the two ingredients together with loving care. And here’s a photo mixing up this year’s batch.
Then it was outdoors for everyone before bedtime to sprinkle the reindeer food along the sidewalk and garden; hoping that it would be seen in the night.
After one final preparation of leaving out some healthy snack food for Santa it was time for bed. It varies by year, but last year I believe Santa had his choice of cow’s or goat’s milk, cheesy felafels, or a pancake. If you’d rather leave some hot chocolate and caramel corn, we have a great recipe.
Just in case you were wondering…it was a success, Santa did stop at our home and he must have had a full sleigh as some chocolates and candy fell off during either take off or landing, just where the reindeer food had been placed the evening before!
This year we were a little more creative and fashioned packages for the reindeer food. I think it looks quite professional! You can see how we made the Rudolph clips here. Is reindeer food popular in your area? What traditions do you have for Christmas eve?
Now that those hungry reindeer are taken care of, why not make something for Santa. Perhaps he’d enjoy some delicious soft ginger cookies, some caramel popcorn, or Jam-Jams? And don’t forget to swing by our Christmas Ideas page and our fun recipes for play page for more ideas, too