The month of December – or what I like to call Christmas Month – has always been my favorite time of year. Christmas Month is a time that makes me slow down and appreciate things. While many folks complain about the time change each fall (sometimes me included!), I actually have to admit that I love the way the days are shorter and it gets dark earlier. It gives a person more time to enjoy the Christmas lights!
More hours of day light means more work to be done; and during the hustle of spring planting, summer hay making, and fall harvest, it is normally 8 or 9 o’clock before any kind of “family meal” can happen on our farm. But in December, it is dark at 6 o’clock – forcing everyone together for a couple more hours each day. A couple more hours to linger over dinner, talk about our day, bake cookies, wrap presents, and pick up old hobbies that may have fallen by the wayside during the summer.
Christmas Month makes me realize anew how blessed I am and how often I forget that fact during the busyness of the other eleven months of the year. I am blessed with having grown up on a farm surrounded with a warm and supportive family. I am blessed with being able to work fulltime in an “office job” but come home to the farm each and every day. I am blessed with knowing where my food comes from; and having more than enough of it. I am blessed with being a part of this amazing organization known as Farm Bureau. But most importantly, I am blessed because of the great gift that was given to all of us many years ago in a tiny stable in Bethlehem – the gift that can never be outshined.
Be sure to stop and take the time to simply enjoy this Christmas Month and count your blessings. Merry Christmas friends!