While we were in Lapland on our ski holiday, we got to meet and greet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Well, several of them. And feed them lichen too (that's their favourite food).
I had a day off from snowboarding and we went to see reindeer and fed them too. It was a perfect little activity to do with a toddler who is still too young to ski and sledge - seeing some animals was great fun for her.
We had bought a bag of lichen for the reindeer. The feeding area had just one of the reindeer milling about, but as soon as the other reindeer cottoned on to their favoured yum-yums being on the menu we suddenly got more furry friends.
My little girl made me so proud. Fearless, she grabbed a piece of lichen and pushed it straight towards the reindeer's nose. I have to admit that I was quite worried they would bite my hand, and worse, would bite her. The reindeer were however very gentle. Even if our toddler didn't actually manage to feed them (she dropped the lichen and the reindeer quickly gobbled it up), it probably would have been absolutely safe.
I fed the reindeer lots, and took loads of pictures of my little girl with her furry buddies. Should have taken a video too, but maybe next time - I am already planning our second ski holiday!