Magic Reindeer Food Recipe and Free Printable

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A fun activity to do with the kids this year is to make magic reindeer food that can be sprinkled on the yard on Christmas Eve. The sparkle will draw the reindeer to your house on Christmas Eve.

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Making it is super easy! Lucas and I made a large batch using Kellogg’s All Bran Flakes so that we could pass them out to all of the cousins before Christmas.

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Magic Reindeer Food Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Kellogg’s All-Bran Flakes, lightly crushed
  • 1/4 cup red or green sugar crystals
  • 1/4 cup Christmas sprinkles

Directions: Place all ingredients in a large zip-top bag and gently shake. Pour into small mason jars and add label with poem.

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Magic Reindeer Poem

Sprinkle on the lawn at night
The moon will make it sparkle bright
Santa’s reindeer fly and roam
This will guide them to your home

 

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Easy No Bake Christmas Cookies: ‘NILLA Holiday Cookie Bites Recipe

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One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is make cookies! Unfortunately, I (along with every other mom) am also so busy around this time of the year. That’s why I love when I discover an simple treats to serve at holiday parties, take to Lucas’ school events, or give out as yummy gifts to neighbors and teachers. Today I wanted to share with you the recipe for ‘NILLA Holiday Cookie Bites.

NILLA Cookie Bites Recipe

Aren’t they pretty?! I say recipe loosely because there is ZERO baking. These gorgeous treats are made by stacking Nabisco NILLA Wafers, filling with jam, and coating with candy melts. They’d also be amazing filled with a hazelnut spread or whatever kind of filling you like best. These are very festive and make quite the impact! The secret is that they are also very easy to make!

NILLA Cake Bites Recipe

‘NILLA Holiday Cookie Bites Recipe

Ingredients

  • 36 NILLA Wafers
  • 2 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1/4 cup raspberry jam
  • 8 oz. vanilla candy wafers (melts) (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  •  Assorted decorations: crushed starlight mints, colored sprinkles, small round candies, coarse sugar and decorating icings 

Instructions

  • BRUSH  flat sides of 24 NILLA Wafers with juice, then spread with jam.
  • PLACE  remaining wafers, rounded sides up, on waxed paper-covered baking sheet; top each with 2 jam-topped wafers, jam sides down. Freeze for a few hours or overnight (like I did).
  • MELT  candy wafers as directed on package; stir in oil until blended. Dip NILLA stacks, 1 at a time, in melted candy wafers, turning to evenly coat stack and reheating candy wafer mixture if needed. I gently inserted a skewer into NILLA stacks to make dipping a little easier. Return to baking sheet. Immediately add decorations to resemble photo.
  • REFRIGERATE 30 min. or until candy coating is firm. Keep refrigerated.

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Easy Christmas Candy: Chocolate Billionaires Recipe

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My favorite candy combination is caramel and nuts. It’s gooey and crunchy. Sweet and salty. So good. That’s why I love these Chocolate Billionaires. Caramel. Pecans. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal. Chocolate. It doesn’t get better than that!

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This is the perfect candy to make for the holidays. It’s no-bake and super easy to make. Hope you enjoy it as much as our family does!

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Chocolate Billionaires Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 (14 ounce) package caramels
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup coarsely crushed Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips

Directions:

Prep baking or cookie sheets with parchment or wax paper.

Melt caramels and water in microwave until you can easily stir; stir until smooth. Mix in pecans and Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal. Drop candy by spoonfuls onto wax paper. Put candy in freezer for 1-2 hours. Melt chocolate chips in microwave in 1 minute increments until melted, stirring in between. Using a fork, dip candy into melted chocolate, turning to evenly coat all sides. Place candy on sheets of wax paper on the counter to set.

12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 12 Read a Holiday Book #12JollyDays

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I have had so much fun sharing our holiday family traditions with you over the past twelve days. The final activity I want to share is one that is so simple yet so beautiful. Reading. Grab your favorite Christmas book and cuddle up in your jammies by the tree or cozy in bed and…read together.

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We try to read a holiday book every night…like an Advent calendar. A countdown to Christmas in books.

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Below are a few of our favorite Christmas books…

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  • Very Merry First Christmas by Jennifer Dewing
  • The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  • The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Yes, Virginia There Is A Santa Claus by by Chris Plehal and James Bernardin
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson
  • God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren and David Hohn

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12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 11 Gingerbread House Party #12JollyDays

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We have lots of young nieces and nephews, which only makes the holidays more fun. Every year, we like to host a holiday party that is just for them. We have thrown cookie decorating parties, movie night & hot cocoa parties, and this year we hosted a gingerbread house decorating party.

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Several of my nieces and nephews came over and donned their cute, personalized aprons (which doubled as party favors)…

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enjoyed a few yummy treats and decorated their own gingerbread house. To keep it simple, we purchased gingerbread house kits, but you can also make gingerbread houses from graham crackers and icing.

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it’s a fun, low key party that is easy to pull together and a lot of fun for the kids (and adults too)!

 

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Whimsical Sugar Cookie Apron by Personal Creations. Perfect for holiday baking with your little one, this red apron features white polka dots and sugar cookie appliques. 

Sous Chef Apron by Personal Creations. Adult and child sizes available. 

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12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 10 Give Back #12JollyDays

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One of the most important lessons that we want our kids to learn throughout their lives is the importance of community and helping one another and giving back. While these are lessons we encourage year-round, we also make it a point to include several give-back activities during the holidays. Whether it’s running over a batch of cookies to share with our neighbors or picking out a few toys to give to a child in need or baking a batch of treats to deliver to our local fire station, we make sure that Lucas (and Amelia will too when she gets older) is fully involved in the process.

This year, we put together some treats for two of our local fire stations…

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and then hand delivered the treats right after school.

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It was a great experience for all of us and a wonderful way to show our gratitude to the men and women who protect us every day. The firefighters were awesome – they gave us a tour of the station and invited Lucas up on the firetruck and let him try their uniform on. He was so excited!

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Make some time to give back in some way this holiday season. Your family could sponsor a family in need, buy a few toys for a child-in-need, volunteer at a food bank or drive, deliver treats to your local fire station, write letters to active or wounded military men and women.

 

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12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 9 Family Game Night #12JollyDays

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One of the easiest ways to connect as a family is to plan a game night. We love doing this during the holiday season when the winter nights are longer and we just want to be snuggled up inside. It’s also a great activity to do during the week right after dinner. This year, we surprised Lucas by including game night as one of our daily advent activities AND pulled out a bunch of brand new board games we knew he would love!

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We set aside a few hours with no phones or TV and it was ON!

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And, of course – we enjoyed some treats!

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Below are a few tips to have a successful family game night.

  • Make it special by setting out a few treats and hot cocoa
  • Have music playing in the background
  • Put away all distractions, including smartphones, iPads, etc. This should be time that everyone focuses on each other.
  • Get the kids involved by letting them take turns choosing the games you all play
  • Be open minded about the games you play! Board games, video games, card games, charades – all are fun!

 

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12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 8 Cookies for Santa #12JollyDays

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The tradition of leaving cookies for Santa is one of our favorites. Every year, we pick a day close to Christmas Eve (usually 1-2 days before) and bake a few different types of cookies and treats. We don’t worry about whether the cookies are perfect or misshapen. It’s just about having fun and being together. I like to choose easy recipes that Lucas can mostly do himself.

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Fun and cute like the treats below!

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On Christmas Eve, we head to my parents for their annual party and when we get home Lucas puts out a plate of cookies and glass of milk for Santa…

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He also likes to leave Santa a note.

“I love you. Your the best. Merry Christmas.” – Lucas

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and, carrots for the reindeer of course!

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From baking and decorating the cookies to leaving the cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve, this is such a fun activity to do as a family.

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Dear Santa Message Plate by Personal Creations. Start a new Christmas Eve ritual by leaving Santa a special message on the cookie plate. He can even write back! Includes soapstone chalk.

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12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 7 Family Movie Night & Treats #12JollyDays

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One of our families favorite things to do is watch movies. Each year we look forward to watching Christmas movies, so as soon as November hits, we start pulling out our holiday collection. Each week we pick a night (and sometimes more than one) to watch a favorite movie from our collection, or a maybe a new one we haven’t seen yet. When the night rolls around we cuddle up on the couch with a couple of warm blankets, a few yummy treats, a roaring fire, and we settle in for the show.

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It’s such a simple but fun activity to enjoy together during the holidays (or anytime).

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We like to keep treats simple…popcorn is always a must, of course! And an ice cold beverage. Nothing much beats popcorn and a soda.

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Let me share with you some of our favorite family-friendly holiday movies that we have in our collection.

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  • Jingle All the Way
  • The Santa Clause
  • The Polar Express
  • Elf
  • The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
  • A Christmas Story
  • A Christmas Carol
  • A Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Home Alone
  • Yes, Virginia

 

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12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 6 Holiday Dinner by the Fire #12JollyDays

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During the holidays, it’s fun to take every day moments and make them a little more special. One thing we like to do is have dinner in our family room right by the fireplace and Christmas tree. It’s cozy and festive and we get to enjoy the tree and each other!

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To make it feel extra special, I set our coffee table with a tablecloth, chargers, and cloth napkins.

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I also add special touches with cute personalized bowls…

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festive holiday platters and personalized drink glasses…

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The menu is typically something like chili with all the fixings or a comforting bowl of soup…

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and of course, we always have Christmas carols playing in the background. Dinner by the fireplace and Christmas tree is the perfect holiday family activity to do during the week especially. It’s a wonderful way to make the every day dinner…extraordinary.

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Holly Berry Wreath Throw Pillows by Personal Creations. Add a dramatic burst of color to your holiday home with this inviting accent pillow. It features an embroidered wreath of brilliant red holly berries. I love bringing in festive pillows, blankets and accessories to really tie the holiday theme together. 

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