Feed The Reindeer Too

This is a copy of an article written a couple of years ago. It is a fun project for everyone and helps Santa and his reindeer keep up their strength for the long journey on Christmas Eve.

All the kids leave cookies and milk for Santa Claus. He needs his nourishment as he spends the night delivering presents to all the good little girls and boys.

But what about his reindeer? They work hard pulling the sleigh and they have to fly all over the world. That uses a lot of energy. Some children leave carrots and celery for the reindeer but they are given to them as Santa leaves the house. It is difficult to eat and fly at the same time. I believe we might have a better idea. While Santa is busy inside the reindeer can munch outside.

What we have is a recipe for Magic Reindeer Food. It is easy to make, easy for the reindeer to eat, and it gives them that boost of energy they need to travel around the world.


In a small zipper food storage bag or empty shaker container, mix:
1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup red or green sugar crystals (as used for cake decorating)

Package Magic Reindeer food in small food storage bags or holiday gift bags.

Now that you have made the magic reindeer food, the rest is easy. Before the children go to bed and have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads, let them run outside and sprinkle the magic reindeer food around the yard. Away from the house might be good. Santa's reindeer like a little space.

After gifts have been opened in the morning, everyone can take a look to see if the food was eaten.

Some recipes for Magic Reindeer Food use glitter instead of colored sugar but glitter can cause problems for any animals that eat it.

I wish you all a joyous holiday season.


  1. Santa's reindeer would love this concoction. Years ago when I worked outside of Barrow AK we saw herds of caribou (sometimes called reindeer) munching on the low growing willow bushes. They are beautiful animals.

    There was one small herd that kept to themselves. Once in awhile we would see a flash of red on one's nose. Do you suppose this could have been ........? We'll never know.

    Merry Christmas Emma!

    1. How exciting to have personally (maybe) seen Rudolph. Even if it was not Rudolph it must have been quite a site to watch the caribou. Merry Christmas to you too.

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    1. Merry Christmas to you, Rainfield. I hope you are able to get some fantastic pictures on your beloved Cerok Tokun.


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