I celebrated Yule (Winter Solstice/Dec. 21st) by hanging out in the goat yard… decorating the goats in belled collars and lighted antlers! Hubby had gone down to spend some time with his family and so I was left completely unsupervised for almost 48 hours!!!!
Here Rose is helping me wish everyone “Season’s Greetings”! This is NOT an attempt to be politically correct, as some would assume. Salutations such as “Season’s Greetings” and “Happy Holidays” date back to at least Victorian times as is evidenced on numerous beautiful vintage cards! So many Christians seem to get offended by these phrases and I can only assume that they have forgotten that Christmas is not just a single day, but a whole season. It begins shortly after Thanksgiving, not just for shopping purposes, but with the beginning of Advent, four Sundays BEFORE Christmas Day. Likewise, the Twelve Days of Christmas that everyone traditionally sings about actually doesn’t even BEGIN until Christmas Day and runs clean through the New Year to January 6th, Epiphany. That is when the Three Wise Men actually arrived with their gifts!
As a Pagan, I am never offended when someone says “Merry Christmas” to me! Any good wishes are received with the blessing for which they are given and I will usually respond with a cheerful reply along the lines of “and you do the same”! I still celebrate Christmas with my family and am even listening to Christmas Carols as I write this. My mind and heart are filled with beautiful childhood memories that tend to make all of us a bit nostalgic this time of year. Getting offended by someone’s salutation is contradictory to the whole spirit of this season of glad tidings, no matter your religion or even lack there of.
Mr. Beau Jangles Blue is dressed as this year’s Yule Buck! He’s only a little buckling right now, but hopefully he’ll be our first herdsire. He was born at Tem Mile Farm on June 5th, so is just over six months old now. He’s such a tiny fella and very affectionate, too. You would think he was a bottle baby the way he prefers to be with humans more than the rest of the herd. Have a seat on one of their benches and he’ll hop up right beside you for some snuggling!
Nomad, our wether, actually enjoyed dressing up and started posing in his handsome jingle-belled collar! One of the pix NOT shown here is of Gypsy grabbing the collar and trying to take it off of Nomad! In the spring we will move Mr. Beau Jangles to the newly build “buck pen”. Nomad will go with him to keep him company. The buck pen is out near the barn and is adjacent to the mules’ corral. It’s important to keep an intact male goat well away from the girls so that their milk doesn’t get that strong “goaty” flavor to it!
Santa’s Helpers? Yeah, they are more than willing to help themselves to some treats! Sweetpea, the white goat, refused to play dress up at all. She knew what I was up to and said, “Uh-uh, not this time, Mom!”. Gypsy wore the collar a while, too, but here the hats have been added digitally using www.picmonkey.com . I only use their FREE options and have lots of fun greetings borders and text as you see here! I use them for almost all of my photo editing seen here on our blog.
Lastly, here is a beautiful Yule Buck pix from Wikipedia! Naturally I think Mr. Beau Jangles Blue is much cuter Yule Buck, but we all know I’m more than a tad bit biased, too!