Yesterday marked the official end of our holiday season – we gathered with family for our final Christmas/New Year celebration. And that means my holiday blogging break is over as well. I have so much catching up to do that my brain feels like it's full to the top with words waiting to be shared. Before I continue, Glen and I would like to wish you a belated Merry Christmas and all the best for the new year. Thanks for reading our blog and making it one of the most popular pages on the Dairy Star site. I'm humbled.
Throughout the season, I often found myself outside whistling, "It's the most wonderful time of the year." And, really, it is. We don't spend near as much time with the members of our extended family as we should, so I cherish holiday gatherings for one reason: bringing people together. But, as we all know, being away from the farm – even for only a couple of hours – means more farm work has to be crammed into the hours before and after the absence. With holiday shopping, our Christmas card and trying to get everyone out the door in a presentable state (i.e. bathed and dressed in their holiday best), this wonderful time of the year is also the busiest.
Adding to our busy-ness was the unprecedented number of calvings we had in December. I told Glen after our little calving spree last February that we should really re-think winter calving, but my pleas fell upon deaf ears. Ten cows freshened in December and we welcomed Holly, Charity, Jingle, Frosty, Mistletoe, Dolly and Dove to the herd. (Dolly was originally named Dasher, but Glen saw the name on the calendar and requested it be changed to something that didn't mean "quick sprinter". Since it seems like cows tend to grow into their names, I obliged and changed her name to something more docile. Funny he didn't object last year when I named December's heifer calves Dancer and Prancer.)
Thankfully, our list of cows to calve in January is a bit shorter. I'm looking forward to a break from all the wonderful busy-ness.
How was the holiday season for you?