24 December 2006

Because reindeer need their carbs, too

Julie's family doesn't stop with cookies for Santa:

We make reindeer food for Santa's reindeer to snack on when he stops at our house. In a bowl, mix rolled oats, glitter (this is what helps the reindeer fly), cookie sprinkles and or sugar (for flavoring), and baby carrots ('cause they need their veggies). We then take this and spread it in a line for the reindeer to eat while they are still in harness and Santa is in our house. Yes...the reindeer (or rabbits/racoons/possums) really will eat this stuff and my kids get such a kick helping Santa feed his reindeer. My oldest daughter races outside to make sure the reindeer ate before even looking at presents.

My only suggestion would be to exchange the glitter for sparkly sugar if you actually put this outside, as a) who knows what glitter does in the tummies of wildlife, and b) at the very least, it will remain on your lawn or sidewalk.

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Nice variation of the 'treats in wooden shoes for Father Christmas' horse' thing (dutch tradition?).

My kids leave out onions, carrots, and apples for the reindeer (in the wooden shoes, at my mom's house). Apparently reindeer like onions (they must, they're gone in the morning, replaced with snacks for New Year's Day). Onions. Who knew? ;)

Talk about being too little too late, but we like to go outside and actually try to throw baby carrots onto the roof. The kids get a real kick out of it and I figure the squirrels will get whatever the reindeer don't. :)

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