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12.30.2008

Calling all reindeer!

Christmas Eve Day ~ 4:45 pm

All my life I've left out milk and cookies for Santa, but just last year I learned from my dear friend Cindy about reindeer dust. It helps the reindeer see where they can land in your yard (if the roof is too steep or you are just concerned about Santa's safety) and provides a refueling snack for Rudolph and his friends while Santa leaves the loot.

This year we decided to try it out...First you take some uncooked oatmeal.Liberally add glitter in the color of your choice (we heard silver was the most reflective).
Carefully stir.Carry the reindeer dust out to the yard (we recommend using a lid for your container for guys 2 and under...).Begin to sprinkle.Work together to cover the most ground. (By the way, my kids thought it would be a good idea to begin calling, "Come here reindeer!" during this stage of the process).And when time starts to run short to get to the Christmas Eve service at church, feel free to speed up the "sprinkling" process!

This was a fun way to help Santa know where we were on Christmas Eve and I have a feeling it will become part of our family tradition!

10 comments:

Melissa Wagner said...

This may work better for you warmer climate folks as our Reindeer Food was COVERED by snow the past few years. The kids freaked. LOL! This year I forgot carrots and the reindeer got left over gingerbread men and some stale cheese sticks. ;-)

Laurie said...

Those pictures are SO cute! I love the final one of Caleb just dropping it all. He is sooo adorable!! We leave the reindeer bird food- how sad is THAT? Ha!

Melissa said...

What a wonderful and fun idea! I will have to try that out next year! I love your new camera too, can't wait for 2009 in pictures from you!

Lisa said...

What a fun idea! I've heard that the Toothfairy leaves behind fairy dust but this is very clever! Great pictures with your new camera!

Mom of Triple As said...

We forgot milk and cookies for Santa this year and left the reindeer food that A2 made at school at home. We usually do both things but were batting ZERO this year.

C.C. said...

LOVE it!!

Laura said...

That sounds like such a fun tradition - we will have to remember that one! And the kids looks like they were really enjoying it - so cute!!!

NaiNai Miller said...

What a wonderful recipe for family fun and tradition. You are so good at making precious family memories.
Love, nainai

bbeatley said...

We did the reindeer food too, but I read online that the glitter could make little critters like birds and squirrels sick, so we substituted sugar crystals (red and green). It was a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing your memories.

runescape gold said...

Very good!