It's three shopping days 'till Christmas. I'm a little stressed.
I have finally come to terms with the fact that I'm not that organized mom who buys Christmas gifts in September and makes a chart of where all of the holiday displays in town are. I am not. that. mom.
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I'm the mom who realizes that she has to make Christmas dinner five days before Christmas and panics because she can't find a parking space at the grocery store.
I'm the mom who is frantically Amazon prime-ing until the eleventh hour because all of the presents I buy fall into that “last-minute gift” category. I'm the mom who spends more time crafting plausible excuses on why the Christmas gifts will be late than I spend doing actual Christmas shopping.
I actually invested in a “Christmas Planner” this year. I oohed and ahhed over it and swore this would be the year I have it all together.
Spoiler alert: It's not. I don't even know where that planner thingy is right now and that's okay.
If you're anything like me, you're looking for a last-minute gift for someone – a teacher, a neighbor, or whoever else you straight-up forgot. I may be the most disorganized person on the planet, but I have something that might bail you out and it's cute and easy:
Reindeer Feed is a simple treat to put together and, if you've got the supplies on hand to make these canvas bags, even better. If you don't, you can throw it into a mason jar or any other container you might have on hand. Ziplock baggies work, too. Christmas is full-on breathing down our necks…if you don't have time to get fancy, don't sweat it.
This is also an easy, fun treat for kids to make that doesn't require using the stove. You can set the supplies out at a table and let the kids go to town without having them underfoot in your kitchen. This makes a great activity for a large group of kids, such as a scout troop or Sunday school class if you're still looking for something along those lines.
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3/4 cup mini marshmallows
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts. If you want to make your Reindeer Chow nut-free, just omit the nuts and add 1/2 cup of one of the other ingredients. Easy peasy.
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup red & green M&Ms
Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
I find mixing with my hands is the best.
If you're doing this as a kid's activity, just set out all of your ingredients on a table and let them go to town.
Place reindeer feed into a small bag and attach a fun tag.