How to Make Reindeer Food for Santa's Reindeer

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Making reindeer food for Santa's furry friends can become a tradition in your family. Start it with your children, starting at a young age, and they will forever remember that the last thing they did before going to bed on Christmas Eve was to leave something special for Santa in addition to his delivery team.

Things You'll Need

  • Oatmeal
  • Candy crystals or sprinkles
  • Cheerios
  • Carrots
  • Plastic baggies
  • Paper
  • Markers and crayons
  • Ask for the children's ideas regarding what the reindeer might like to eat. Make a "trail mix" concoction of ingredients such as oatmeal, colored-candy crystals or sprinkles or popcorn kernels. Cheerios and crushed candy canes are other options. Add some glitter for an extra sense of magic.

  • Have the children scoop up the mix into a plastic bag. If you're sharing with others, divide the mix up into the appropriate number of bags.

  • Create fun, personalized labels for the reindeer food, encouraging the kids to come up with a creative name for the mix. Use a twist tie or ribbon to seal the bag shut.

  • Write a letter or poem to Santa, letting him know what the food is, and who it is for. Use your own creativity, or search online for pre-made inspiration.

  • Add a tag with a message to those you're giving the reindeer food to as gifts. Try the catchy jingles on the Operation Letter to Santa website.

  • Leave the prepared mix near Santa's treats on Christmas Eve before the children go to bed. Add a few carrots for an additional snack that will power up the reindeer with energy to get home.

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