You know it’s Christmas on the farm when…

You know it’s Christmas on the farm when:
  • You have the same conversation every year-should we buy a turkey from a shop or buy poults and rear our own?
  • People ask you, in earnest, ‘do you still have to feed the cows/sheep/horses/pigs (delete as applicable) on Christmas Day?
  • The farmer’s wife buys reindeer antlers for the sheep and puts tinsel on the chicken coop, is this just me?
  • The other farmers and other visitors who normally drop round for a gossip and a cup of tea expect a mince pie too.
  • You seriously wonder whether you should get a couple of reindeer to rent out at garden centres and local fairs for next Christmas.
  • Your kids learn that they can’t open their Christmas presents until the jobs are done and (hopefully) help to get them done quicker.
  • You look into growing your own Christmas trees (again) but forget to do anything about it once January comes around.
  • You get 37 free calendars from your feed merchants and fertiliser reps.
  • You get more jumpers and woolly socks as presents and you are quite happy with that.
  • On particularly cold Christmases, when the rest of the family is listening to the Queen’s speech, livestock farmers can be found defrosting water troughs (wearing Santa hats naturally).
  • You get your Christmas decorations out of a barn and discover a mouse has nibbled through most of your baubles-even the salt dough ones you varnished (see


  1. I love this post. So many people forget others have to work on Christmas day. Quite a few of my friends live on or used to live on farms and I can’t believe how hard they work.. In fact I once sent my son to work on a farm so he could see what hard was really like!

  2. I grew up on a farm and your comment about all the free calendars made me think of my grandpa! It’s funny little things that you think of/remember sometimes! Funnily enough I grew up in the states so feed supply companies giving calendars away must be an international thing!

  3. I love this. Your life is so different from mine in every way, and probably different to a lot of people’s. I find it so interesting to read your blog. Oh and I LOVE the antlers! x

    1. Ha ha the funny thing is though because i have married into farming it’s taken me a long time to shake my other mindset. So i think Im living a life like yours in my head but wearing wellies in reality 😉

  4. I have always wanted to have a farm, or is it a farmhouse kitchen!
    You so should get some reindeer’s. I would also grow trees but then I would want to keep them all so I can dress them with twinkly lights.
    You tinsel up your coop *runs outside to start decorating our chicken coop and ferret house!

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