December is here -- take time to enjoy the holidays

By BARB LUMLEY Columnist Published:

Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday is history, we had our first snow, the leftovers have finally all been eaten, and things are getting back to normal -- for a little while!

We had a nice day with family and lots of good food. The leftovers lasted a couple days and then I had to go back to cooking! A big pot of hot chili tasted pretty good when it was so cold and snowy last Saturday. It was windy and cold and we had just enough snow to show up on the plowed ground. I am sure there are a lot of youngsters out there wishing for lots of snow to build snowmen, go sled riding, and to cancel school. And there are many of us "older folks" hoping we don't see any more snow this winter! There is no doubt in my mind that the youngsters will get their wishes!

Black Friday is over. It was over for me before it started! After cleaning house and cooking for two days, the last thing I want to do is to get up at a ridiculously early hour to go tramp through the shopping mall and spend money! For me, Black Friday means transferring leftovers to smaller containers, washing up and putting away crock-pots, baking dishes and pans, returning the good dishes to their proper place in the cupboard, washing up dish towels and tablecloths, and, if I am lucky, having a little time to curl up in my recliner under an afghan, and go to sleep watching an unimportant football game.

Deer season is in and the hunters were out in full force early Monday morning. The four fellows who hunt our farm each took a deer, three does and a buck, and went home happy. I didn't lose any, so I am not going to hunt for any! Besides, I couldn't kill one if it was standing at the front door waiting for me to shoot it! My Dad used to tease me because I always asked to stay home and help cut up the hogs on the second day of butchering, but I never wanted to be at home on the day they were killed and hung. I also took some teasing from him the time I went to put on my barn boots and felt a live mouse in one of them! I didn't want to kill it, so instead I grabbed the boot, opened the door on the coal furnace and threw it in the fire!

The dairy cattle shows, fairs, and sales are over for this year in this area, but the various breed organizations will be planning meetings, conventions and activities for the New Year. Memberships to these organizations are being renewed for 2013, so be sure to mail those in, and if you know a dairy farmer who doesn't belong to the organization of his breed, encourage him or her to join. It is a great way to meet new people, make new friends and become involved in special activities.

December has arrived and with it the holidays. The cookies, the decorations and the gifts are not the most important things. Don't stress over them! Take time to be with family, to get together with friends, and to enjoy the holidays and the true meaning of Christmas. Relax, and really enjoy December. Tis' the season!

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