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December 23rd, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Welcoming Santa

reindeer food

Our family has some special traditions for preparing for Santa’s visit. First, we make a batch of “reindeer food” to leave on the ground for Santa’s reindeer. In the evening, we sprinkle it on the ground outside so the reindeer have something to eat while Santa is inside. We don’t have a fireplace, so we know that Santa parks on the front lawn. Check out the recipe for Magic Reindeer Food below.

We also prepare a plate of cookies and a glass of milk that we leave on the table. Santa usually only leaves crumbs, since he is a big fan our our cookies.

During the evening, we check out where Santa is in the world on Norad. It truly is a great learning activity so the kids can learn the parts of the world, the time changes, and the distance from place to place.

Other families hang stockings for Santa to fill, leave a magic key outside, and more. What do you do on Christmas Eve to welcome Santa?

Magic Reindeer Food Recipe

In a small zipper sandwich bag, mix:

  • 1/4 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup red or green sugar sprinkles

 

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December 14th, 2012 at 11:12 am

The Lies We Tell…

It is so easy when your kids are little. They don’t notice the difference between the Santa in the parade, at the mall, and on television. They just accept everything you tell them as fact.

Then they get a little bigger and they start asking why there are different Santa’s, is there really a Rudolph, and do the elves really make all the toys or do they shop at Target?  We start to tell little white lies to end the questions. This year I find that the lies are more and more. I even started a note on my iPhone to start recording them.

I just don’t want the magic end… so whatever I need to do right now is worth it. I feel like the end of Santa is the end of childhood. They grow up so fast. I think I have managed to make the Christmas magic last one more year. But, I did happen to ask my husband if Santa can make Disney World happen next Christmas?

Do you feel desperate to have your children still believe?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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December 19th, 2011 at 5:00 am

ENJOY the Holidays

Do you spend most of the holiday season rushing around – purchasing gifts, attending events, and doing everything to make it magical and special for your kids?  Well, we have a couple more weeks to change that and actually enjoy things ourselves.

I realized this year that my 1st grader could really find out the “truth” about Santa any time now. I hope he doesn’t for several more years, but I need to enjoy the fact that he does still believe now. I also realized this year that it is my youngest’s last year in preschool so the never-ending abundance of art projects and spontaneous singing of carols will start to fade as they have with my oldest.

So, this year I have decided to to really immerse myself in everything – the sparkle in their eyes when they see Santa, the magic of our Elf that mysteriously jumps around our house every night, the excitement of houses with Christmas lights, and all that other magic that appears at this time of year. I find that when events are going on I need to sit back and just watch my kids. Watch their reactions, the excitement in their eyes, and just interact with them. They can almost talk you into believing anything.

The other day my oldest asked me why Rudolph doesn’t come to our Christmas Park with the other reindeer. I had to come up with a reason, and quick. I told him that Rudolph was special and needed to stay back at the North Pole so his nose could be taken care of. My son took my quick little story and expanded it into a whole story. At the end I was believing it was true.

Its moments like that you need to just let yourself get caught up into.

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

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