Christmas Magic: Making Reindeer Food

The holidays are full of fun family traditions. One of the things I looked forward to every year as a child was making cookie dough from scratch with my mom and sister. My mom would pull out all the cookie cutters, sprinkles, and frosting and we would decorate for hours. Afterwards, we would package them up with a bow and hand them out to neighbors (and of course, we would always save a few for the “Big Guy”). It was the highlight of my Christmas every year.

Now that I am a parent, I struggle with trying to fit all the holiday activities leading up to Christmas. But there is one tradition that is a must in our house every year and that is making Reindeer food. When my oldest was in Kindergarten, she came home with a bag of reindeer food and couldn’t stop talking about how much fun it was making at school. She loved sprinkling the food on the front lawn Christmas Eve to help guide Rudolph and his friends to our house.

Making reindeer food doesn’t need a lot of supplies and you can always have fun with other ingredients to make the reindeer food all your own. For us we use the following:

  • Quick Oats
  • Red, green, or gold glitter
  • Sprinkles
  • Ziplocs
  • Optional Additions: Confetti, Cinnamon, Birdseed, or Cheerios

I sometimes attached the following poem to the bags for an extra special touch:

Sprinkle on your lawn tonight,

The moonlight will make it sparkle bright,

As the reindeer fly and roam,

This will guide them to your home.

Every year my children can’t wait to go outside with a snack of carrots for the reindeer and to sprinkle their “magic” reindeer food on the front lawn. What are some fun holiday traditions that you have in your family?


Elizabeth Boudreaux
Elizabeth and her husband Nicholas have been married for 13 years. They live in Geismar with their 3 children, Addison (9), Parker (5), and Laurel (2). She is from Franklin, LA and moved to Baton Rouge after receiving her Master’s in Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is a Budget Administrator for the Department of Public Safety. She relies on sarcasm, a dry sense of humor, and the occasional cocktail to deal with the daily demands of motherhood. She loves crawfish, clean sheets, vacuuming, and the latest crime documentary on Netflix.


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