Santa Key and Reindeer Food

I have a special treat for you today! Rather than inundate you with only traditions from my own family, my sweet friend Emmalee is here today to share a Christmas tradition from her family. She is full of fun and creative ideas that add to joy to her daughters’ days. While my family doesn’t have much tradition centered around Santa, many of my readers do, and Emmalee has some clever things to share with you. Please give her a warm welcome!

Christmas Traditions | Apron Strings & other things

We do Christmas BIG here in the Hoggatt home. It is my favorite time of year! I love the fellowship with family and friends. The season is filled with traditions:  some old family traditions and some created fresh from our family. We try to keep the focus on Christ throughout the season, but we also have a lot of fun with Santa and the elves. Our house doesn’t have a chimney for Santa to come down so the first tradition I’ll share is the Santa Key. Santa Key | Apron Strings & other things Our key was purchased but you could easily turn this into a great Christmas craft with an old key, some ribbon and a little glitter. The story behind the key is that it is full of Christmas magic and when used by Santa on Christmas Eve night, it allows him—and only him—to unlock our door to deliver the presents. Before heading to bed we read A Visit from St. Nick (The Night Before Christmas) and hang the key on our front door. After Santa has done his job, he hangs the key on the Christmas tree along with many candy canes.

Reindeer food | Apron Strings & other things

Another tradition that happens at our house on Christmas Eve is Reindeer Food. This magic concoction is a special treat for Santa’s reindeer that is sprinkled on the lawn before bed time.Reindeer Tag | Apron Strings & other things The magic behind the treat is this:

Sprinkle on the lawn at night.

The moon will make it sparkle bright.

As Santa’s reindeer fly and roam,

This will guide them to your home.

The oatmeal is for strength,

The sparkles for flight.

With this special treat,

They are sure to have a good night!

To make the Reindeer Food… Mix oatmeal and multi-colored glitter together. I also add in a few drops of peppermint oil for fun.

Have a wonderful Christmas Season!

From The Hoggatt Family to you:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Bio PhotoEmmalee is a wife and a mother to three beautiful girls, ages 7, 6 & 3. Emmalee also operates a small childcare from her southeast Kansas home. She enjoys the country life on their growing “Triple-A-Farm,” being outdoors, cooking and diving into God’s word.


Hey, Friends! Linda here. If this is a tradition your family would enjoy, you can get a Santa Key here at Amazon. (that’s my affiliate link, which gives me a small percentage with no additional charge to you) Enjoy your family traditions, big and small. Merry Christmas!

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  1. Love the idea for Santa to have a key that only he can use. How magical!

  2. These are adorable ideas! I think I have heard of Reindeer food, but not the Santa Key. I will mention this to my step daughter for the grandbaby. I will definitely check out the Hoggat Homeschool too.

  3. Thanks so much! I had so much fun sharing our family fun with you.

    • I’m so glad you were able to share this fun tradition with us, Emmalee. I enjoy getting a peek into how other families celebrate. Merry Christmas!

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