..... a brilliant guest post from Mary Key (I love how these surnames rhyme).
I hadn't heard of this wonderful Christmas tradition until about 3 years ago, and I regret that I never had the chance to do with my children when they were little, so you lot have to do it for me and spread the love and joy that little ones have on the "Night before Christmas!"
Everyone leaves a glass of something for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph, but what about the others? They get left out and that's just not fair!
So a nice quick and easy craft project if you like, or a treat left by your Elf on the Shelf if you have, is to make reindeer food!
A simple combination of bird seed or porridge oats and glitter or confetti mixed together will make your Christmas eve sparkle.
If you are concerned about wildlife eating the glitter you can use the biodegradable stuff or even coloured sugar (which is easy to do in an old jam jar add a couple of drops of food colouring to half a jar of white sugar and shake hard for a few minutes. - leave over night for the sugar to absorb all the colour and then mix with your food/oats)
And then before they go to bed on Christmas eve they can go out in the garden and scatter the food with a poem.....
Sprinkle on the lawn tonight
The moon will make it sparkle bright
As Santas reindeer fly and roam
This will guide them to your home
And if you're lucky enough to have snow - the sparkle and the magic is even better!
Merry Christmas everyone and a safe and happy new year
From the Keynko collective x x x x