I love Christmas traditions and one of my kids’ favorite is making reindeer food on Christmas eve.
We don’t leave carrots for them, but make them food out of oatmeal oats and “glitter” aka sprinkles. The kids have fun mixing and making different designs in their jars and before they go to bed we sprinkle it on the driveway so the reindeer can have a snack while Santa is inside! I let the kids decorate their jars and we use them every year.
I usually make my own “glitter”:
1/4 cup sugar and about 1/2 tsp of food coloring. I have found it’s easier to put it into a baggie to mix it. It also makes it easier, and cleaner, for little ones to help mix it this way.
Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 10 min at 350.
I usually make the “glitter” at least the day before so it can really dry. After it cools I put it in a container until we are ready to use it.