Christmas was everything I wanted it to be this year. We had wonderful get-togethers with family and friends on the weekends before, but for Christmas day we stayed home on the farm. I had plans for our little family day, and everything went accordingly!
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We had lost most of our snow to rain, but on Christmas morning there was just enough snow to cover the ground and we could officially call it a white Christmas. The morning broke quite cold, however. We opened our few simple presents over morning coffee (more on the fun Luke had with that in a bit), and by the time the Dadz and I had breakfast and showered, it had warmed up just enough to head out for a morning walk. It’s not too often the three of us walk together, and I was really looking forward to finally getting to do that. Most times on the Dadz’ days off, I am off running errands or doing work, and he walks Luke on his own.
It was a beautiful sunny morning for a walk, and the recent rain had left behind some interesting scenery in our woods. We all enjoyed it, and I know Luke was happy to have both of us on his walk, as he kept coming to both of us and jumping up to give us kisses!
After our walk, the Dadz and I started dinner together. Dadz prepared a prime rib, and I prepared the vegetables. While the meat was roasting, I sat on the couch with Luke and read from a book of Christmas stories. Dinner was perfect, and both Luke and Samantha got to sample some of the prime rib as well!
In between our dinner preparation and relaxing, we watched the flock outside enjoying the day. No, we didn’t get them any Christmas gifts; but they were quite happy to get the scraps from the carrots I had peeled and prepared, and some grapes Dadz had brought home from work for them on Christmas eve. They were thrilled to just have sunshine and bare ground! They alternated between sitting in the sun on the porch, and cruising around the yard pecking at everything they could find.
The rest of the day was spent mostly relaxing, and Luke got to play some more with his new Christmas gift. Back to that:
I had almost forgotten how much Luke enjoyed unwrapping gifts until he excitedly started helping each of us open ours! Then he had his turn with his toys and treats which were wrapped and put into a bag. He had his head stuck in that bag for so long, I finally helped him by turning it on its side, so he could take a gift out more easily.
His Angel sister Cricket would be proud of the fact that he selected the West Paw ball*, unwrapped it, and then proceeded to romp around the house with it, all the other unopened gifts forgotten! He also received a new Quizl* with treats to stuff in it, and a root chew* which he hasn’t tried yet. We decided to set that aside and get it out some winter evening when he’s whining and bored.
You may have seen the photo of him yesterday with said ball in his mouth looking very happy. While Luke doesn’t play fetch like his sister Cricket did, he loves a ball that has just enough squish so he can chew on it, alternately playing keep away.
We’ll share a video of his unwrapping fun in the next few days. I’ve given up on trying to get a decent photo of that perpetual motion!
Senior cat Samantha doesn’t want for a lot. She likes what she likes for food and treats, and we don’t often introduce much new, but she did love her little pieces of prime rib! She doesn’t play with toys, so she’s tough to buy for! I ended up getting her a new mat/scratcher* for her window seat. She loves her current scratcher*, but she is starting to have a little more trouble getting around on her old bones and with her lack of eyesight. I had noticed her often tripping over the edges of it and decided to find her something more flat.
I think she likes it! She spent most of the morning sitting or snoozing on it in the sun, before going back to her favored fort*. I think she liked the fact that she could sit on the mat while eating her food as well.
Honestly, I still have a hard time with our pet family being so small with only one dog and one cat. Having the farm and the birds helps with that. However, I’m so thankful that we had a quiet Christmas day with just our little family on the farm we love. I was determined to make our day perfect, and it was everything I’d hoped for.
What made your Christmas day special?
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