24 December 2014


Day 24: Leaving treats for Santa and his reindeer

It's Christmas Eve! Time to get excited! Santa is on his way and that means we need to prepare lots of treats to leave outside for him when he visits. Not forgetting his trusty reindeer though, they need lots of fuel to fly that big sleigh.

I loved Christmas Eve as a kid, the excitement was just too much. Obviously I wasn't getting any sleep that night, maybe drifting off a bit but constantly waking to feel if there was the extra weight of a very full stocking at the end of my bed.  Or hearing the tiniest noise and rushing to open my curtains to see if it was Santa and his sleigh coming to visit. And then that final time that I wake up, find the stocking full of presents, check my alarm clock, see that it is 5.30am (obviously a reasonable time to wake up the rest of the family) and jump out of bed.

One of the first things we did, after ripping open our stockings, was run outside to see if Santa had eaten any of the treats we left him.  Obviously this was the ultimate confirmation that he had been to visit and of course that he was very much real.

We used to leave a bog standard selection of mince pies, cookies and a glass of milk to the big man and some carrots for his reindeer.  But there are so many fun and inventive alternatives and I have found this list of treats on BBC Good Food.

A Christmas Cosmopolitan

 Rudolph's Carrot Patch Cakes

 Sugar Dusted Mince Pie Parcels

Rudolph's Snowball Carrot Muffins

Snow Capped Fairy Cakes

Mulled Apple Juice

Rudolph's Carrot Flapjacks

Double Gingerbread Men

Enjoy making your festive treats for Santa tonight!


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