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Reindeer Food - Make Earth-Friendly Reindeer Food for Yule

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If your family still gets visits from Santa Claus, it's traditional to leave out a plate of cookies and some milk for him -- after all, it's hard work flying around the whole world in one night. But what about his reindeer? They do most of the work, so why not leave a treat for them too? You can scatter it on the lawn before your kids go to bed, or leave it in a bowl near the stockings.

Traditional reindeer food includes glitter with the ingredients. Glitter is very pretty and sparkly, but it's also a synthetic that doesn't biodegrade. Instead, you can use other, earth-friendly ingredients to give your reindeer food some sparkle. Here's what you'll need:

  • Plastic baggies or baby food jars
  • Dried oatmeal
  • Raisins
  • Red and green sugar crystals
  • Ribbon
  • Cardstock

Place a scoop of oatmeal in each baggie or baby food jar. Add a handful of raisins, and then some sugar crystals. Shake well. Seal the bag or jar, and add a ribbon around the top. Print out a card that says:

Reindeer, Reindeer, pulling the sleigh,
We've left you something nice today!
Oats and raisins and sugar so sweet,
It's a tasty reindeer treat!
Have a Merry Yule!

and attach it to the jar of reindeer food so you can share it with friends.

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