Where are my classic Christmas TV show fans? Yeah, me too. Tops on our list is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Get ready for a viewing party with this snickerdoole recipe to make Rudolph cookies. Plus, we’re sharing how we do reindeer food. These crafty ideas that have become surefire hits in our home that we keep revisiting year after year.
Our family loves holiday traditions. Elf on the Shelf, the Christmas pickle ornament, and driving around to look at holiday lights. Oh, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It’s a quintessential holiday special that is must see TV in our home. We love cozying up under blankets, drinking hot chocolate, and singing along.
The funniest line? When Rudolph is talking to Clarice, and she suddenly launches into the song, “There’s Always Tomorrow.” It seems so random and out of the blue, and we cackle our heads off!
FYI: Rudolph will air TONIGHT (Saturday, December 10) at 8 p.m. EST on CBS. Set your DVRs or tune in!
Did you know? Fans are the reason the Misfit toys appear in the ending! In the original special that aired in 1964, Rudolph, Hermey and Yukon Cornelius promise to return to visit the Island of Misfit Toys, but that doesn’t happen. Fans complained to producers via angry letters, so the script was changed. In 1965, the special concludes with Santa and the reindeer delivering the Misfits to new homes. So that’s what a pre-social media movement looks like!
To honor the famous reindeer with reddish nose, here are a few Rudolph-centric crafts for the whole family.
Combine Snickerdoodle cookies with a Wilton cookie/cupcake decorating kit, and cookie decorating becomes a cinch! The cinnamon in the Snickerdoodle recipe makes the cookie look like a reindeer enough so no brown frosting required!
Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe:
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1. Heat oven to 400ºF.
2. Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, butter, shortening and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
3. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
My crew had more fun making the reindeer look a bit funny with google eyes and offset antlers. That’s what I love about this process–creativity is limitless! Even our dog Millie was captivated (although I think she was looking for scraps).
One of our favorite Christmas Eve gifts to give neighbors is Reindeer Food to sprinkle on the lawn for Santa’s crew. It’s not complicated either: we use lots of oatmeal, cookie sprinkles and magic edible glitter (or substitute colored sugar) to make our special concoction for the hardworking reindeer.
Our elf even got in on the action making reindeer food. I found the burlap bags at TJMaxx or you could use red or green decorative Ziploc bags or glass jars. Tie some pretty ribbon around the top.
Don’t forget to print a reindeer food tag to tell them what’s inside! There are tons of free printables out there. The ones we used last year were from The TomKat Studio so go check them out!
Spreading reindeer food on Christmas Eve is yet another family ritual we have, so it’s always nice to share those traditions with friends and family.
What are some of your holiday rituals?
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