Christmas Family Fun Holiday Side Dishes

Reindeer Food

What are Santa’s favorite cookies?  Sugar, oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip?  I made an effort to leave him 3 different kinds each year, hoping he’d eat at least 1 of them and still keep me on the “Nice List.”  The next morning, thankfully, they were all gone.  As we make sure the fire in the fireplace is out, the stockings hung, and our cookies are left out for the man in red, we forget about the 9 hardworking Reindeer that drive Santa’s Sleigh around the world.

On Christmas Eve, among baking cookies, cooking appetizers, and sending the trains around and around on an endless loop under the Christmas Tree, my favorite thing to make is Reindeer Food.  I first made this in elementary school, and since then the recipe just stuck with me.  Reindeer need a pick me up too, right?

The food: 1.) Gives the reindeer a snack as they make a pit stop at your house, 2a.) Show Santa a landing area around your home in the snowy winter wonderland or 2b.) Gives Santa a landing area when snow has not fallen.

Really easy to make, Reindeer food will give you a fun way to get your kids hyped up for Santa’s arrival!

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  • 1-2 cups of oatmeal – not cooked
  • 1-2 cups of chopped or shredded carrots
  • A dash of glitter


  1. Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Find a patch of grass in your yard and spread out the mixture.
  3. Under the moonlight, your food will glisten in the snow and/or grass.