It snowed on Christmas! How rare and beautiful to see so much snow over the long holiday weekend. Below are a few photos from around the farm on Christmas Day, as well as the day after Christmas when even more snow fell.
Late on Christmas Day, Reggie the miniature horse made a trip out to the end of the field wearing his holiday best. We were delighted to greet him and visit with Andrea that evening. We also walked around the farm.
My favorite Christmas tree is behind our house by the creek, as you can see above. We also walked out to the community barn to see the animals there.
Only a few inches had fallen by the end of the day, just enough to create some excitement in the neighborhood. We could hear kids nearby, screaming with excitement, likely immersed in a snowball fight. We left holiday treats for the barn animals: peanuts for Patch, apples and a carrot for Reggie, and kitty treats for Barney the barn cat.
Otherwise, we spent most of Christmas Day indoors, enjoying a quiet day with just us three. First thing that morning, we were opening presents while enjoying homemade cinnamon rolls.
Some gifts just have to be assembled and tried out immediately! Above is a video light that our daughter received from my sister's family.
Our daughter made each of us a ceramic mug using a pottery wheel. I love her designs! The mugs and other vessels she made are placed in a row along the center of our dining room table.
Another gift that we are looking forward to assembling is a chicken coop door my husband bought for me, which will automatically open and close according to daylight or on a schedule. It will allow us to secure the chickens at night without having to be home at dusk, something that has been challenging if we want to be away from home in the evening.
Family and friends were so kind and thoughtful, and we're grateful for each of the gifts we received. We spent part of the day visiting with those far away by phone.
We also enjoyed quiet moments over the long weekend, reading from our family Bible and thinking about the first Christmas. This is the Bible that my grandma used in 1929 (it has her name and the name of her Bible class in the front). I love how old and worn it is. It was printed in 1901 and is based on the translation from 1881. My grandma carried this Bible until 1984 when she passed it down to me. Then, ever practical, it became the Bible that I read and carried to church in high school and as a young woman before deciding to put it away. Recently, I decided to bring it back out, placing it on the top of the piano so anyone who wishes to can read it.
My husband longed to have a Nativity scene, something we'd not purchased or been handed down. So I found a charming one at my favorite thrift shop over in Sequim. The vintage pieces were placed in the center of our fireplace mantle.
By the time evening had descended, it began to snow again lightly, and with temperatures continuing to dip down below 30 degrees F we were pretty sure we'd have more accumulation by morning.
We were not disappointed! When we awoke on Dec. 26, it was a winter wonderland out there with 11 inches of snow.
The cars are covered and the snow is too high to try to drive them. We could probably take the truck out if we really wanted to, but I doubt we'll go anywhere today. It's a good day for building a snowman.
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