Magic Reindeer Food

A neat Christmas trick from Seton’s Simple Pleasures for the Holidays: Magic Reindeer Food

“Here’s an inexpensive gift idea for Brownie leaders, teachers, and anyone elses. Or you can just make if for your kids. I fill a Ziplock baggie with about 1 teaspoon of red and green glitter and add a ¼ cup of instant oatmeal. I then attach a Xeroxed picture of a reindeer and the following saying: “On Christmas Eve, sprinkle this Magic Reindeer Food on your lawn. The magic Glitter sparkling in the moonlight and the smell of oats will guide Rudolph to your home.” To make it even cuter, I glue a red pom-pom to the reindeer’s nose. It’s always been a hit with everyone I’ve sent it to. Remember to sweep up the oats after the kids have gone to bed because they will ask the next morning why Rudolph didn’t eat them.”

A Christmas tradition for the environmentalist

Here’s an idea for Christmas or Winter Solstice from Seton’s Simple Pleasures for the Holidays: here’s a Christmas tradition for the environmentalist. Instead of cutting one down, plant a Christmas tree. Kids can pick seeds from the nursery instead of a tree from the lot (or you could do both). Fir or flowering, oak or elm, the tree you plant will last a couple hundred years longer than the one in the living room, and you can feel good about replacing the tree that became decoration. The tradition is true to the Native American proverb: “We do not inherit the earth from our grandparents. We borrow it from our children.”