I will always remember the Christmas when Santa’s reindeer left their hoof prints and sparkling oats on our back deck. It was a perfect Christmas day, our son was 5 years old at the time and very excited to see what Santa Claus left for him under the tree.
The Christmas morning routine always began with checking to see if Santa had eaten his cookies and then running over to the fireplace mantle to see if Santa had remembered to fill the stockings. This year was a little different though.
The blinds were open for the sliding glass door and you could see out onto the deck. Our son looked out to see a blanket of new fallen snow on the deck, and that’s when his mouth dropped open.
Our son did not run over to check the stockings that Christmas morning, he was too fascinated by something on the deck. Jumping up and down he called us over to look and there in the snow were glittering oats and hoof prints. As we took a closer look, we could tell that it was magical. There were Santa’s reindeers’ hoof prints right there on our deck.
We knew it had to be Santa Claus, after all there were marks from a sled, magical glittering snow, hoof prints, and oats. Our son knew that Reindeer like to eat oats, so it all made sense. What a Christmas that was, the best gift given that year was the look on our sons’ face when he knew that Santa’s reindeer had been right there on our deck.
Years later, our son asked if we mixed plain uncooked oats with glitter, spread them around, made our own hoof prints, and slid two rails in the snow to make it look like Santa and his reindeer had been on our deck that year. We just smiled on denied the whole thing.