12 Days of the Farmer's Christmas

12 Days of the Farmer's Christmas

Ah, Christmas. Family gatherings, parades, shopping, houses that smell of pine, twinkling lights, and festive decorations. I could go on and on. I’m one of those annoying types that really love the Christmas season, especially those cheesy TV movies.

Christmas Eve is my absolute favorite night of the year. We gather with extended family to eat, drink and be merry. Some of them farm, most do not. It’s sometimes hard to explain to the non-farmer that farming still happens even during the holidays. It can be hard for them to understand that the farmer never gets a day off. Not a full day anyway. After the gifts are unwrapped and the turkey is carved most head home to snuggle in with hot chocolate and football or a holiday film classic. Yet, the farmer still has work to do. Animals still need to be fed and hay must still be hauled. If a cow gets out or the fence is down, it doesn’t matter that it’s Christmas, those things need to be tended. It’s usually on these “days off” that some cow, ewe, or mare needs help calving, lambing or foaling. So, in an effort to explain while spreading a little Christmas cheer, it’s “The 12 Days of the Farmer’s Christmas.”

On the First Day of Christmas
my farmer gave to me:

A trip to the tractor parts store.

On the Second Day of Christmas
my farmer gave to me:

Two feed bills due
and a trip to the tractor parts store.

On the Third Day of Christmas
my farmer gave to me:

Three escaped cattle
Two feed bills due
and a trip to the tractor parts store.

On the Fourth Day of Christmas
my farmer gave to me:

Four filthy hoodies (could ya wash these, honey?)
Three escaped cattle
Two feed bills due
and a trip to the tractor parts store.

On the Fifth Day of Christmas
my farmer gave to me:

Five hours fixing fence (he swore he only needed me 20 minutes)
Four filthy hoodies
Three escaped cattle
Two feed bills due
and a trip to the tractor parts store.

On the Sixth Day of Christmas
my farmer gave to me:

Six round bales rollin’
Five hours fixing fence (he swore he only needed me 20 minutes)
Four filthy hoodies
Three escaped cattle
Two feed bills due
and a trip to the tractor parts store.

On the Seventh Day of Christmas
my farmer gave to me:

Seven degrees this morning
Six round bales rollin’
Five hours fixing fence (he swore he only needed me 20 minutes)
Four filthy hoodies
Three escaped cattle
Two feed bills due
and a trip to the tractor parts store.

On the Eighth Day of Christmas
my farmer gave to me:

Eight bottle babies
Seven degrees this morning
Six round bales rollin’
Five hours fixing fence (he swore he only needed me 20 minutes)
Four filthy hoodies
Three escaped cattle
Two feed bills due
and a trip to the tractor parts store.

On the Ninth Day of Christmas
my farmer gave to me:

Nine o’clock supper
Eight bottle babies
Seven degrees this morning
Six round bales rollin’
Five hours fixing fence (he swore he only needed me 20 minutes)
Four filthy hoodies
Three escaped cattle
Two feed bills due
and a trip to the tractor parts store.

On the Tenth Day of Christmas
my farmer gave to me:

Ten icey water troughs
Nine o’clock supper
Eight bottle babies
Seven degrees this morning
Six round bales rollin’
Five hours fixing fence (he swore he only needed me 20 minutes)
Four filthy hoodies
Three escaped cattle
Two feed bills due
and a trip to the tractor parts store.

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas
my farmer gave to me:

Eleven ewes a lambin’
Ten icey water troughs
Nine o’clock supper
Eight bottle babies
Seven degrees this morning
Six round bales rollin’
Five hours fixing fence (he swore he only needed me 20 minutes)
Four filthy hoodies
Three escaped cattle
Two feed bills due
and a trip to the tractor parts store.

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas
my farmer gave to me:

Twelve gates to open
Eleven ewes a lambin’
Ten icey water troughs
Nine o’clock supper
Eight bottle babies
Seven degrees this morning
Six round bales rollin’
Five hours fixing fence (he swore he only needed me 20 minutes)
Four filthy hoodies
Three escaped cattle
Two feed bills due
and a trip to the tractor parts store (and of course I brought home the wrong thing…)

 

Farmers celebrate holidays a little differently. But we love it. We wouldn’t want to live life any other way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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