Monday, November 23, 2009

Crafty Christmas Day One!

Judy and I are so excited to start off the Crafty Christmas Blog Hop!! Day one is about Christmas traditions.
One of our Christmas traditions was sprinkling magical reindeer food on our front lawn so the reindeer would make sure Santa didn't pass our house. On Christmas Eve, Jayden in his pajamas, would get his coat and boots on, head out to the front lawn and sprinkle the sparkling reindeer food. We also left carrots along side Santa's cookies and milk.
Of course, every Christmas morning he would check to see if reindeer tracks were left in the snow.
Jayden is now a teenager and new traditions are starting for this stage in his life but, I will always treasure the memories watching him sprinkling reindeer food on Christmas Eve.

Share your family Christmas traditions in the comment section. For those who make a comment your name will be entered and through a random draw there will be a prize given to the winner!
Head on over to the Go Scrapping and Simply Scrapping blogs to see what their traditions are.

Here is the recipe and the poem for the reindeer food. It's pet and non magical animal friendly. I use sugar instead of glitter.

Ingredients:
1 cup rolled oats
2-6 Tbsp red colored sugar
2-6 Tbsp. green colored sugar
Preparation:
Mix the ingredients together and place in a plastic bag, adding as much colored sugar as you like for a festive effect.
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.

Here are photos of a container I made using a Prima flower jar to hold the reindeer food. The label has the poem printed on it.






I also created the poinsettia on top. If you would like to learn how to make the paper poinsettia here is a link to where you can download the instructions. It's a safe site for downloading. I use it all the time.

Happy Day One of the Crafty Christmas Blog Hop!
Head on over to the Simply Scrapping for Day Two tomorrow!

9 comments:

Diane said...

I love the magical reindeer food idea. Think I will make that for my grandkids this year. Our tradition was always opening one gift on Christmas Eve. And as it always happened that gift was a new pair of PJ's -- perfect for taking Christmas photos...LOL. I have continued that tradition with my granddaughters and each year I buy them some new PJ's to wear to bed on Christmas Eve. Can't wait to read everyone's traditions.

Ellen Young said...

We had a traditon as kids to open our stocking before the actual presents. all 3 of us were up early but we could only open our stockings. I think it was really a way for my parents to take their time on Christmas morning, espcially my mother!!

AuntieJ said...

I love hearing my grandkids get up on Christmas morning - whispering and creeping upstairs to see if Santa has come - they always wait for each other and wake the sleepy heads in the crowd - the first thing they do is check to see if Santa and his reindeer ate the snacks they left the night before...and sure enough there are only crumbs and a nub of carrot left on the plate! I will be making reindeer food with your recipe this year to continue this tradition. Last year they were especially thrilled as they saw a deer come into Grandma and Grandpa's backyard on Christmas Eve who they were sure was one of Santa's reindeer!

Sheri said...

Head on over to my blog to see what Christmas tradition I cherish.
Sheri

www.fortheloveofcolour.blogspot.com or click on the "Sheri" link in the side bar.

Judy B said...

Great stories from you all. Just head over to my blog as well as I share one of my favourite holiday blessings!!

MelGould said...

We would always open one present on Christmas Eve after mass and then after presents on Christmas morning we would have a big huge pancake/egg/bacon breakfast (which is very unusual for our family). This year since it is the first with our daughter I hope to instill some of these traditions in our family as well. I LOVe the reindeer idea and am going to save that away so that my daughter can do that when she is older.

mindysmith said...

I love the reindeer food idea! I need to have me some kids so I can use this idea! LOL!

I've recently started a tradition (with some objection from my husband)... on Christmas Eve we watch Polar Express and on Christmas Day after dinner, we watch my most favourite Christmas movie ever -- It's A Wonderful Life. It doesn't matter whose house we are at, I come equipped with my DVDs and insist on keeping this tradition alive!

sandy.k said...

Our tradition goes back to my childhood. My siblings and I would take one of my Dad's work socks and lay it at the foot of our beds before sleeping. Then we would look forward to waking up in the middle of the night, or early morning, and finding that the stocking had been stuffed by Santa. A couple of pieces of fruit and a candy cane were a given. There would be a few other goodies too but the one I remember the most was finding a tube of lipstick in the toe of the sock - a peachy shade if I recall correctly. It sure made me happy.

Tracey said...

What a gorgeous time for the reindeer food. I think this might be a tradition I start with Maya this year so thanks so much for the recipe and the poem!!

One of the traditions we have started here since Maya came along is to open one package on Christmas Eve and Mommy makes sure that is some new Christmas jammies to be worn to bed that night!!