Visiting Reindeer and Creating Reindeer Cookies

When I wrote up my traditions I forgot to mention one thing we have done a few times since the girls were born. I'm talking about visiting the reindeer before they take up the reigns of Santa's sleigh and head out on Christmas Eve delivering all the presents to children across the land.

Visiting Reindeer and Creating Reindeer Cookies

What an afternoon we had. As soon as my eldest got home from preschool we set about making cookies in the garden for the birds to eat. Described as reindeer cookies by the RSPCA these were very fun to create and as we'd undertaken a similar creation before my eldest knew exactly what was to be done in order to prepare the mixture.


Visiting Reindeer and Creating Reindeer Cookies


This time though there was a twist and that was that we put the mixture in the fridge for half an hour before pressing our cookie cutters into the mixture. Once fully pressed down into the mixture we lifted them up and peeled away the excess food.

Visiting Reindeer and Creating Reindeer Cookies


Soon there was a lovely little collection of reindeer cookies laid before us. I particularly like the snowflake but we had Christmas trees, hearts and stars too.


Visiting Reindeer and Creating Reindeer Cookies

When their father came home we decided to add to this experience by going to see the reindeer at Appleton Christmas Barn. Last time we visited the reindeer seemed very tired out and lay around on the hay.

Visiting Reindeer and Creating Reindeer Cookies


This year they seemed like they were eager to move around their pen. Both girls were keen to approach them and get a closer look and the reindeer in turn seemed interested in who was looking back at them.


Visiting Reindeer and Creating Reindeer Cookies

That concludes our afternoon of reindeer studying next for polar bears - I'm joking. Have you visited reindeer this Christmas?

The Helpful Hiker

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  1. This looks like a fabulous mini adventure and a memorable experience, love the idea of the cookie making beforehand #adventurecalling

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  2. What a delightful tradition with the children. Wish we had something like this in our hometown in Texas!

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  3. Aw, they look so happy. And the cookies for the birds are a great idea too.

    #adventurecalling

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  4. Such a magical time for your girls. I love to see the reindeer, they make our fallow deer look so small and dainty. We will still be making extra magic food for our Rudolph for Christmas Eve though, just in case he is needed! #CountryKids

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  5. What a lovely afternoon and a great family tradition. I'm glad the reindeer were more lively this time for you. We don't have any reindeer places near us, but many years ago at an old job I had we had reindeers visit us in the canteen near Christmas! #adventurecalling

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  6. Love the reindeer cookies. We've seen reindeer at Whipsnade Zoo, I really should see if there's somewhere near here to visit some too #Countrykids

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  7. What a lovely tradition. I think Sophie would enjoy making cookies for the birds too - think we will try that in the New Year. Lovely to see the reindeer too. We saw one at Chessington earlier this month. #CountryKids

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  8. Love those reindeer cookie ideas for feeding the birds, and it sounds like you had a lovely trip to see the real reindeer! Thanks for having me along to help at #CountryKids this year and wild wishes from me to you and your family for a happy Christmas! x

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