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Santa's reindeer are magical creatures who can fly around the world in a single night, helping the jolly old elf deliver presents to all the little girls and boys who have been nice. But even magic flying reindeer can use a hand. If you want to be sure Rudolph and all his pals can find your home on Christmas Eve, make some magic reindeer food and throw it on your lawn before bedtime. It will help Santa's team find your home and give them a burst of energy to continue their flight.
- Mix together the magic ingredients. The elves create this mixture for the reindeer every Christmas Eve before Santa's team takes flight. Fortunately, all the ingredients are easy to find. If you don't have them in your kitchen already, your local grocery store will surely have what you need. Once you gather the ingredients, simply add the following amounts to a bowl and mix:
- 1/4 cup dry oats
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Handful of green or red sugar sprinkles
Once everything is mixed well, place the magic reindeer food in a zip-lock bag or a jar with a lid, so it will stay fresh until Christmas Eve.
- Invoke the magic words. If you're giving the magic reindeer food to a special child as a gift or making it as a class project, you'll want to write down the magic words on a colorful piece of paper and attach the poem to the bag or jar with a ribbon. If you're making the food at home, you can say these words as you sprinkle the food on Christmas Eve.
Magic Reindeer Food Poem
Sprinkle on the lawn at night.
The moon will make it sparkle bright.
As Santa's reindeer fly and roam,
This will guide them to my home!
Alternate Reindeer Food Poem
Up on the housetop reindeer pause, And wait for jolly Santa Claus. While Santa's spreading his good cheer, Let's leave some food for his reindeer.
- Get ready for Santa! On Christmas Eve, get your bag or jar of magic reindeer food and sprinkle it liberally on your lawn. The sparkly sprinkles and the scent of cinnamon will guide Santa's sleigh team right to your door and then give them enough energy to keep flying all night long. After applying to your yard, be sure to hop in bed and go straight to sleep because reindeer are very shy and won't come if they think anyone will see them.
That's it! If you have any reindeer food left over, seal it tight and save it for next year. Merry Christmas!