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Magic Reindeer Food Recipe


The Christmas holidays can be quite a magical time for both the young and the old. It is a time of giving and a time to cherish both family and friends. For some children, Christmas can be an awe-inspiring time of the year, with Christmas lights, sounds, and tasty treats. But what many children from around the globe look forward to the most is a visit from Santa Claus.

Most people will set out a plate of cookies and milk for Santa on Christmas Eve as a thank you for all of the wonderful presents and joy he brings. However, not many people consider thanking his team of eight magical reindeer that race Santa around the world in a single night.

In addition to setting out milk and cookies for Santa, consider setting out carrots, apple slices, and other reindeer food to help nourish them on their journey. However, there is one more thing you can do for the reindeer team that is sure to become a favorite family tradition that the kids will absolutely love - magic reindeer food.

Santa's reindeer team are known to possess the magical ability to fly. Why not recharge their magical ability by sprinkling some magic reindeer food in your yard? As the tradition tale begins, the magic reindeer food sprinkled across the lawn will help magically guide the reindeer to your house and as Santa is inside dropping off presents and enjoying his milk and cookies, the reindeer replenish their magic to be able to fly to other children's houses to bring them the joys of visit from Santa Claus.

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Main Ingredients

  • Old fashioned oats, uncooked
  • Glitter, any color but red, green, silver, gold work best
  • Magic reindeer food poem to give the reindeer the magical boost to allow them to fly

Optional Ingredients

  • Christmas sprinkles
  • Red or green sugar sprinkles (use this in place of glitter for an eco-friendly version)
  • Dried fruit (cranberries, apple bits, figs, dates)
  • Nuts
  • Cinnamon
  • Hay or grass

Other Materials:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Goodie bags, ziplock bags, or other containers to place the reindeer food in.
  • Printable gift card

Now it is time to gather the children around the table with a large mixing bowl and all of the ingredients and supplies to prepare and assemble the magic reindeer food. For added Christmas spirit, you could also have your favorite Christmas music playing in the background to brighten the mood. It is even said it will bring more Christmas magic to the magic reindeer food.


  1. Add desired amount of old fashioned, uncooked oats to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Allow the child to stir in other ingredients, such as glitter, sprinkles, pieces of hay, nuts, and so on. If there is more than one child, have each child take turns adding the extra ingredients.
  3. Pass the bowl around to each child allowing them to mix together the ingredients in the bowl for the specified amount of time.
  4. As the children mix together the magic reindeer food ingredients, encourage them to sing Christmas songs. Not only can this be fun, but you can tell them that this will help put the Christmas magic into the magic reindeer food.
  5. Spoon the magic reindeer mixture into small baggies, tubes, brown lunch bags, or whatever container you choose.

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Printable Magic Reindeer Food Gift Tags

Magic Reindeer Food Poems

Here are a variety of poems people have used with their magic reindeer food. You can either choose one of these or create your own. Another variation to the tradition is saying the poem as the child sprinkles the magic reindeer food on the lawn. For those who live in apartment or simply do not have yards, you can leave the special reindeer food next to Santa's plate of cookies and he will happily take the magic reindeer food to his reindeer team.

Suggested Poem #1:

"Be sure to take this magic food and sprinkle on the lawn,
On Christmas Eve, 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!"

Suggested Poem #2:

"On Christmas Eve, before you sleep,
Go outside and have a peek.
Can you see them? Are they near?
If not, do not worry and have no fear.
This little bag is all you need;
It is full of reindeer feed.
Sprinkle on your lawn tonight
It will help the reindeer as they take flight
As Santa's reindeer fly and roam,
This magic feed will help lead them to your home."

Suggested Poem #3:

"Make a wish and close your eyes tight,
Then sprinkle it on your lawn tonight.
As Santa's reindeer fly and roam
This food will guide them to your home."

Makes a Great Gift!

Magic reindeer food can be a fun early Christmas gift, especially for children's Christmas parties. There are a variety of ways to package the magic reindeer food and share this family tradition with others. It is a great idea if you are looking for fun and unique goodie bags to pass out at the party.

You could also assemble a batch to pass out among your coworkers, especially if they have children. It shows that not only do you value them as an employee or coworker, but that you have also thought about their family as well.

You don't have to have children to enjoy the tradition of magic reindeer food. Even some adults still sprinkle it on their lawn every Christmas Eve. For some folks, they consider this tradition to bring them luck and even possibly grant a wish. So as you sprinkle the magic reindeer food across the lawn, silently think of a wish you would like to see granted sometime in the next year. Who knows, maybe, Santa will grant you your wish but it may depend on whether you have been naughty or nice this year.

Regardless, this is a simple Christmas tradition that is sure to create lasting memories that will be passed down through the generations. It can a way to bring family and friends together and brighten their Christmas spirit.

© 2014 Linda Sarhan


Linda Sarhan (author) from Lexington KY USA on December 18, 2014:

We have been doing this for as long as I can remember. In fact, my mother used to be my Girl Scout troop leader decades ago and we used to do this every year. We would make up dozens of them and take them to the local hospitals to pass out in the pediatric ward telling them that Santa would pick it up and deliver it to his reindeer for them.

Kristen from Wilmington, NC on December 18, 2014:

This is a really cool idea. I have a Girl Scout Daisy troop and think this would be perfect and fun for the girls to make during "craft time".

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