Magic Reindeer Food & Poem is a simple and fun Christmas tradition! Make it in minutes with pantry staples and snag these FREE printable poem labels to package it up for the kids to spread on the lawn to guide Rudolph and Santa to your house on Christmas Eve!
So make a batch of Hot Cocoa and Sugar Cookies and prepare your reindeer food!
I’ve been wanting to post this Magic Reindeer Food recipe and poem since the first Christmas I was blogging.
But every year it seems I run out of time, and looky here, It’s getting posted as my last Christmas post this year. But hey, at least I’m finally posting it, right?
And I know this isn’t a new idea, if you’re around my age, you probably grew up sprinkling Magic Reindeer Food on your lawns on Christmas Eve.
It was one of my favorite things to do, and now each year I try to make up little containers of Magic Reindeer Food to give to all the little kids in my life. And one day, it’s a tradition we’ll carry on with our own children.
Magic Reindeer Food Poem
For those of you who are new to the idea of Magic Reindeer Food, read this poem that’s included on the free printable tags that go with this recipe:
Under the stars of Christmas Eve night,
This Magic Reindeer Food will sparkle bright.
In guiding Rudolph to your house,
You’ll have to be as quick as a mouse.
Go outside and sprinkle it on your lawn,
And Santa will visit before it’s dawn.
When I was a child we always opened our Christmas Eve present, got into our pajamas, set out some milk and cookies, then sprinkled the Magic Reindeer Food on the lawn right before bed.
It was always fun and exciting thinking about how Rudolph was on his way and I was lending a helping hand.
So I encourage you to mix up this easy recipe for Magic Reindeer Food and package it up for your children and other neighborhood kiddos. And keep this simple tradition alive. The recipe itself can, of course, be altered, since Reindeer aren’t too picky.
But keep in mind that you don’t want to include anything in the recipe that could be dangerous to animals like dried fruit, chocolate, glitter, etc. Stick with things like oats, nuts, and sugar-based products that will dissolve easily.
- Cello Bags (4×9.5-inch)
- Card Stock
- Double Stick Tape
- Sunflower Seeds
- Holiday Cereal
How To Make Magic Reindeer Food Bags
Begin by printing your labels on cardstock and cutting them out, then mix together the reindeer food itself in a large bowl.
Make sure when you print your labels that you print the page at 100%. Don’t check “fit to scale” or whatever it may say in the print dialog. The labels were designed specifically for the 4×9.5-inch cello bag size.
Add the reindeer food to cello bags.
Add double stick tape to the label.
Roll the tops of the bag down and secure the label to the bag.
More Great Holiday Ideas!
- Christmas Punch
- Classic Christmas Sugar Cookies
- Christmas Tree Cupcakes
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This post was originally published in December 2016 and was updated in December 2021 with a fresh printable and new photos.
Magic Reindeer Food Recipe & Tags
- 4×9½-inch cello bags
- Double stick tape
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- ½ cup mini marshmallows or dehydrated marshmallows
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- 4 tablespoons holiday sprinkles
- ½ cup holiday cereal optional
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
- Divide the reindeer food between 4 cello bags.
- Add double stick tape to the bottom edges of the precut printable labels.
- Roll the tops of the bags down and secure the labels to the bags.
- Sprinkle magic reindeer food on the lawn on Christmas Eve night.
- Make sure to only use edible wildlife-safe ingredients in the mix.
- Get the printable labels here.
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Comments & Reviews
Anne Margaret Laurenson says
This is awesome, please could you send me the label printable. ???
Rebecca Hubbell says
Hi Anne, just go to where it says “get the printable file” in the post to get it.
Anne Margaret Laurenson says
Thanks for the nice magic reindeer food recipe. Those oats is really looking so good and I love how easy it is!
What a fun idea. Kids love the xmas elf now so this would be fun to make for the Elf’s reindeer.