Don’t forget to thank your magical friends on Christmas Eve

On the most anticipated night of the year, it seems that time just can’t go by fast enough, especially for little ones who are on Santa watch. It’s a great opportunity to work on a fun, easy project, and you can even use the time to teach about gratitude and giving back. So this year, start a new Christmas Eve tradition and work together on treats to leave for the hard-working night visitors.

Magic Reindeer Food

Ingredients

½ cup uncooked oats

1 teaspoon edible red glitter

1 teaspoon edible green glitter

Directions

Mix oats and glitter in a small bowl until combined. Spoon into a snack-size Ziploc bag and seal. Create a colorful label of your own, or print a free Magic Reindeer Food label, cut it out and attach to the bag of food.

On Christmas Eve night, sprinkle the Magic Reindeer Food outside while reciting the special poem printed on the bag.

Snuggle down in bed and listen for sleigh bells!

Magic Reindeer Food adapted from Kidspot.com

Sugar Cookies for Santa

Ingredients

2¾ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

1 cup butter, softened

1½ cups white sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.

Place on a sheet of wax paper, roll out evenly, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Sprinkle flour on counter, remove wax paper and place dough on floured counter. Sprinkle with additional flour. Using your favorite cookie cutter, cut out and place on baking sheet.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

Decorate with icing and candies of your choice.

Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com

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