Creative Ideas for Reindeer Food

Are you looking for ideas for reindeer food to leave for Rudolph and the gang? Making reindeer food is a fun holiday activity that can involve everyone and keep young children busy on Christmas Eve. When wrapped in a cute little package, reindeer food is also fun to give as a holiday party favor or small gift. Here are some simple recipes to try at home.

Reindeer Dust Food
When sprinkled outside, this reindeer food is said to sparkle in the moonlight, attracting the reindeer and Santa's sleigh to your house!

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons glitter

Mix together and sprinkle outside on Christmas Eve, before you go to sleep. This recipe is best for sparkle; however, if you have lots of birds and other wildlife in your area, you may want to try substituting holiday-colored decorating sugars for the glitter, as glitter can be harmful to your neighborhood birds if they eat it.

Reindeer Trail Mix Food
This fun and colorful reindeer snack is just the thing for keeping those reindeer energized for their long journey!

  • 1 cup O-shaped oat cereal
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons holiday sprinkles

Mix together and sprinkle outside on Christmas Eve, before you go to bed. The reindeer probably won't mind if you wanted to share a taste of this one; it is quite delicious! You can also experiment a little with this recipe, adding other treats you think the reindeer might like, such as nuts or little holiday candies.

If you wish to give reindeer food as a gift to your friends, so that they can attract reindeer to their homes, simply double or triple these recipes and package the results in little bags tied with colorful ribbon. You can also package your reindeer food in old baby food jars. Decorate the tops of your jars by placing a circle of holiday fabric over the cap and tying it with a colorful piece of ribbon. Don't forget to include "feeding instructions" along with your packages of food.

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