Monday, December 1, 2008

Traditions............

A few years ago we started the tradition of having a second, smaller thanksgiving dinner on the sunday following thanksgiving with our wonderful friends and neighbors, the Kimball family. As always, it was a no stress, relaxing day. Roast turkey with all the trimmings, good wine and good friends. Who could ask for more? I tried a new recipe - I prepared my usual cornbread/pork sausage stuffing and as Kelly and Brian stuffed and roasted the turkey at their house, I stuffed a blue hubbard squash and baked it slowly in my oven. A great recipe and one we will have often as I have an abundance of blue hubbards in the basement.


In the morning, prior to our afternoon meal, our family hiked through our woods, looking for the "perfect" christmas tree. This is a tradition that we started when we moved here almost twelve years ago. Tyler was just a baby and over the years it was such fun dragging him on a plastic sled or helping him maneuver over down trees and brush with his short little legs. Years of wonderful memories. He would be mortified if we ever mentioned getting a tree anywhere but on our farm.

We were actually looking for two trees. One for our house, which we will tie a ribbon to and go back and cut in two weeks and one for the birds. We set a large tree in the ground near our multitude of bird feeders for the birds and put out a nice supply of pine cones rolled in peanut butter/black oil seed and we string popcorn and cranberries along with other bird goodies. It's so enjoyable to sit in our rockers by the windows and watch the variety of birds enjoying their christmas goodies. We found a beauty and our "men" dragged it back through the woods and along the frozen iceroads which Tyler thoroughly enjoyed :)


After dinner, Dave and I helped Kelly and Brian bring their three lovely ewes to the farm to spend a few weeks with Graham, our resident shetland ram. It is breeding season and our ewes and rams are in their "groups" and will be for awhile. Everyone has calmed down and all seems peaceful for now.

This morning I woke up to a blanket of fresh snow. Only an inch - enough to make the roads messy and I certainly don't envy folks that are traveling but it sure is beautiful to look at out across the meadow.....it really is starting to look like christmas around here :)

9 comments:

Christy said...

The tree for the birds sounds nice. It won't look like Christmas around here for a bit. My husband is a Scrooge and hates the trees and lights etc. It is a fight every year to get them put up early enough that I can enjoy them.

Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

Love the new header! Your weekend sounds relaxing, we won't get our tree until a week or so, but I saw a lot go out yesterday from the neighboring tree farms.

The squash is beautiful too!

DayPhoto said...

Brrrr- But I guess it really is winter. We had lots of rain for 5 days. Now we are having some sun. It is still cold 38 degrees but I can handle the sun.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Candy Duell said...

What a great thought the Sunday after Thanksgiving a small dinner. I am having a dinner tomorrow, you just gave me a thought.

I love to feed the birds, and really like your idea of getting the tree for the birds. It sounds like you had a wonderful day.

Joanna said...

I want to see the bird tree after you get it up, sounds great. Our wild birds eat in our chicken pens because the chickens always scratch so much of their food on the ground, our wild birds eat well.

Down here in the NC Appalachian Mtns we had our 4th snowfall today.

Deb said...

Christy,
Sorry the hubby is a scrooge....that makes it hard to enjoy the holidays. Perhaps the move to your beautiful new home will help change his feelings about decorating :) Good luck

Nita,
Thank you....we used to put our tree in the first weekend of December but now that we have a woodstove in the livingroom and that's where we put our tree, we thought it a good idea to put it in later this year so it doesn't dry out so quickly.
I was so happy with that stuffed squash and it was so easy :)

Linda,
Yep - winter really is here although it was 40 here today - We are soggy as I'm sure you are as well. Rain ths time of year does that around here. No sun for us - perhaps tomorrow afternoon. I'm ready for that!

Candy,
We did have an enjoyable weekend and the trek through the woods was my favorite. My Mom hikes with us and it's great that she can still do that 69.

Hi Joanna,
So nice to meet you - I'll be sure to post a photo of the decorated "bird" tree when it's ready. My Mom loves to feed the birds and loves to bake....it's one more thing that we can do together to enjoy the holidays.

Do you usually have a heavy winter snowfall in your area? You live in such a beautiful part of the country.

kristi said...

Wonderful tradition! When I was growing up my dad always took my sister and I to cut down a tree. I must confess that I do have an artifical alpine tree; it is much easier with the cats! I hope this Xmas more people get back to appreciating the real meaning of Xmas & all of its traditions:)

ga.farmwoman said...

Hey Deb,
Your Sunday dinner sounds so nice.
When our boys were small we always cut a cedar tree from our place too. Now I put up an artifical one because we just don't have a lot of cedar trees here. The "boys" don't like it though.
The stuffed blue hubbard squash looks and sounds delicious.

I like your idea of the tree for the birds.
Have a great day.
Pam

Deb said...

Kristi,
Thank you :) I enjoy remembering the traditions my family had when I was a child and it's also been such fun creating them with my own children.
I do know life is much easier having an artificial tree when one has mischevious kitties :)

I agree with you - the world would be a much better place if people would just STOP and remember the true meaning of christmas.

Hi Pam,
Cedar is rare here in our area of Maine. I love the smell of a cedar tree and the goats love the branches! We had a beauty in the center of our lawn in VT. The only one anywhere near our home.

Do you have any other kind of fur type trees in GA?

Have a good day :)