One of our favorite Christmas traditions is making the glittery concoction to guide Santa’s reindeer to our house.
We call it Reindeer Dust and it’s what we spread around our front stoop on Christmas Eve.
We got the idea for reindeer dust when Veronica was in preschool. She made it with her class, and brought a bag home for us to sprinkle outside.
I’m all in on easy, yet memorable Christmas fun. So every year since 3k, we whip up a batch of Magic Reindeer Dust.Reindeer dust is a simple combination of glitter, oats, sugar, and carrots. The glitter in the reindeer dust is magic: It guides the reindeer to your home. The oats (oatmeal) sugar, and carrots are snacks. The hungry reindeer need some fuel while Santa makes his way down the chimney to plant your kiddos’ Christmas gifts.
Just before bed on Christmas Eve, we step onto our stoop in our Christmas jammies and spread our Magic Reindeer Dust. We each make a silent Christmas wish, and recite the reindeer poem together.
Magic Reindeer Dust Poem
Sprinkle this reindeer food outside tonight.
The moonlight will make it sparkle bright.
As the reindeer fly and roam,
this will guide them to your home.
The mixture is snap – ingredients you likely have lying around. I don’t have set measurements. I toss about a 1/2 cup of plain oatmeal in a bowl, add some glitter and sugar, and mix it up until I get the desired consistency. Then I empty the concoction into two baggies – one for each girl.
If you want something more concrete:
- 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup glitter (I like a mix of gold and silver)
- Cut up pieces of carrots
If you’re giving Magic Reindeer Dust as a gift, spoon the mix into Ziplock bags and slap a label on it like I do:
Or doctor it up … I’m sure there are a lots of ideas on Pinterest.
Do you make Magic Reindeer Dust? It’s a fast craft, and feels so purposeful to my daughters – the glitter guiding the big man their way on Christmas Eve.
Have a happy, healthy and safe holiday. Joyeux Noël!Ciao.