**Thank you, Kerrie, for this fun post!**

With Christmas fast approaching, our family is starting to prepare for the big day. We’ve bought a tree, decorated the house and wrote our letters to Santa. As we prepared for Christmas Eve, I realized that our stock of reindeer food was low, and since it seems to be sold out of stores, we decided to make our own! It is SO easy!

How to Make Reindeer Food
Here’s what you need:
Small bags (I used jewelry bags, but a snack sized Ziploc works just as well)
Paper to print out instructions. I got some scrap booking paper and used address labels for ours.

How to Make Reindeer Food

We learned that this can be a bit messy, so make sure you lay out a mat or paper for easy cleanup.  Put out the oats, sparkles, bowls and spoons.  We set up the labels ahead of time also.  We picked up a bunch of Christmas scrapping paper from the local craft store and cut it down to 3 x 4.5 inch pieces. Print out address labels with the following saying:

Reindeer Food
Sprinkle on the lawn tonight
The moon will help it sparkle bright
As Santa’s reindeer fly and roam
This will guide them to your home

The paper is then folded in half. Stick the label to the front of the folded paper, with the fold on top and put aside for later.

How to Make Reindeer Food

With all of the supplies ready to go, I gave each of the kids their own bowl to mix their food. They scooped out about 1/3 of a cup of oats into their bowl. They loved having different colors of “Santa’s magic dust” to choose from. Even the older boys enjoyed the time we spent getting the perfect mix and talking to their little brother about how the light from the moon reflecting off of the sparkles help Santa find the way to their house. They mixed up the reindeer food and scooped it into their bags. We then put the precut labels over the top and stapled to close. The boys even made some food to share with their friends. This is easy as can be but looks great! The kids are already looking forward to putting out their secret recipe before bed on Christmas Eve!

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