The week of Christmas finds everyone in a rush it seems. We are all trying to put the finishing touches on our Christmas shopping and hecticly trying to wrap gifts. To top it off, we are all trying to plan our holiday activities so we can make it to 4 or 5 different locations in a two day period. For our family though, we have a different kind of Christmas rush.
For our family, Christmas activities take the backseat to our hogs and cattle. Living on a livestock farm requires us to give attention to the livestock 7 days a week, even on Christmas Day. Our livestock depend on us no matter what day of the week it is, they still need feed, water and care. We make all of the feed for hogs so not only are we responsible for caring for our hogs, we are responsible for making their feed too. This week we have worked longer hours everyday to make sure all of our feed bins have enough feed to make it through the Christmas holiday. The week of Christmas is always hectic for us but this week it has been more hectic than normal. We have had feed trucks break down which causes delays, and there is a threat of bad weather later tonight and tomorrow.
Our children anxiously await Christmas morning just like every other child does. However, their Christmas routine is a bit different from the average child. When we wake up on Christmas morning, the first thing we do is care for the livestock. Once every animal is cared for, then we are able to enjoy the presents under our tree. Once our presents our ripped open, we rush to leave the house to go to our next Christmas. As you might imagine, our family is the last to arrive at every holiday dinner and we are always the first to leave. Why? Because our livestock depend on us. And yes, our kids do groan and moan when they are delayed in opening their gifts, or because we have to leave their cousins house earlier than everyone else does, but our kids understand this is part of living on a farm. And they wouldn’t have it any other way!