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Published December 11th 2012
Something other than carrots for the Reindeer this year
This is an idea for keeping the kids amused with some Christmas craft that's a little different. It's nice to make for yourselves or give out as small gifts. I find it's a nice, cheap way of adding to the magic of Christmas.
It's an alternative to leaving a carrot or similar out for the reindeer inside the house and can provide a new Christmas tradition of leaving the reindeer food on the lawn before bed-time on Christmas Eve.
Firstly you'll need to make the magic reindeer food with the kids.
Ingredients: 1 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup glitter/sprinkles used to decorate cakes and cupcakes (red and green if you can find)
You can really just have the rolled oats as the base and then add anything sparkly you like to make it 'magic', keeping in mind the animals that may eat it on your lawn - so colourful but edible is best.
After you've mixed together the reindeer food you can put it in zip-lock sandwich bags or brown paper bags. The amount you want to put in each bag depends on the quantity of rolled oats you're willing to have on your lawn.
More excitement in the wait for Santa (photo courtesy of flickr)
To finish there are some lovely poems that go along with this tradition. You can write or print out the poems as tags/labels, Here's some examples:
Be sure to take this magic food and sprinkle on the lawn,
On Christmas, Santa's reindeer travel miles before the dawn.
The smell of oats and glitter path will guide them on their way
And you'll wake up to Santa's gifts next morn on Christmas Day!
Sprinkle this reindeer food outside tonight,
The moonlight will make it sparkle bright,
As the reindeer fly and roam,
This will guide them to your home.