Magic. It wasn’t until I became a mom that I realized all of the unseen things that my mom did at Christmas to make it magical. Magically decorations would appear, Nat King Cole would start singing about chestnuts roasting, and the Christmas Elf would frequently leave treats on our doorstep following a jingling of bells. Years later I learned that my mom often would pull all nighters Christmas Eve filling the stockings and wrapping all of the gifts for the kids and bazillion grandkids. Which explains why mid-afternoon on Christmas day we would find her passed out on the floor of her room for a power nap.
Last year, after all of the gifts were opened John headed off to work and I sat on the couch exhausted.
I thought, “Wow. Christmas is a lot of work.”
Christmas is definitely a labor of love on a mother’s part. Since we aren’t by any family here in Florida, traditions don’t just happen on their own. If I have to be the one to make sure they happen…that’s fine. Sometimes it doesn’t always work out and you may hit bumps in the road like when your potty training child uses your Christmas tree box as an outhouse (don’t ask)….But it’s worth it for me so that they feel the magic. The warm cozy ambiance of music, food, and love that builds memories like the ones I have of my childhood.
Here’s something that Austin was sent home from school with last year and I thought it was the cutest idea. Since then I’ve seen it everywhere (isn’t it funny how that happens). This Magic Reindeer Food is meant to be sprinkled over the lawn on Christmas Eve for the reindeer to eat. I’m going to these with my neighbor gifts as a little something extra special to make their Christmas magic. I bought a huge tube of glitter for the mix but I found out it can really hurt birds if they eat it.
Here’s the cute label that I found online if you want to package your Magic Reindeer Food in cellophane bags like me.
1/4 to 1/2 cup red and green colored decorating sugar crystals
Mix all together in a plastic Ziploc bag and shake well. Put in baggies or in cute cellophane treat bags. I filled 6 treat bags with about 1/2 cup of the mix. I folded them over, stapled the label on, and then trimmed off the excess bag.