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 http://farmerswifeandmummy.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/merry-christmouse/)
So many people forget that a lot of the world still has to work on xmas day! Sounds like you make it fun though!
We try 😉
Sounds like a busy time of year on the farm, love the reindeer antlers!!
Thank you i wanted to put some antlers on cows but husband said no 😉
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!
He he that is funny. To be fair my husband does the hardest work bless him. It is a hard and sometimes lonely job but it is a vocation i think 🙂
Erin Ek Rush
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!
He he it must be. We got a hat too last year they must have been feeling generous 😉
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
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 😉
I think you should seriously get some reindeer!
I know!!!! I will look into it 😉
Angela @ This is Life
Love the festive spirit around the farm! x
Such a busy time of year for you. Love the antlers x
Wow it sounds pretty hectic!
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!
He he he he:-)
I need festive coop pictures 😉