One of our family Christmas traditions is leaving out a plate of cookies for Santa. It started after we made a special plate with our son when he was just over a year old. Wanting our daughter to have her own special plate for this tradition, I took her back to the same pottery shop last December to make one. This time we created a Handprint Reindeer.
Creating our Handprint Reindeer Plate
I found a plate to use and let my daughter pick out a small item to paint by herself while I worked on the details. She selected a small reindeer figure. Quite appropriate!
We began with me painting her hand brown and her pressing it firmly onto the plate to create the handprint. After that was complete, we washed her hands and I set her loose painting her little pottery reindeer while I focused on the plate.
I used a pencil to lightly sketch my design on the plate before painting. I added a string of colorful lights across the “antlers” and the year just below them to the right.
Next I painted in a red nose and added the eyes with eyelashes, of course. I finished it off with her name in all capital letters along the bottom.
Our new handprint Reindeer plate got it’s first test run a couple weeks before Christmas. We were baking our traditional gingersnap cookies when my son suggested we make a smaller cookie for our Elf, Christopher Pop-in-Kins. There was a lot of joy the next morning when we discovered that he did indeed eat a bite of the cookie and he left fun selfies taken with our son’s Instax Mini camera.
Do you have a special Santa Plate or other special Christmas Eve tradition?