Deck THE FARM
With its tractors that sparkle, its horseshoes and holly, Christmas in the country makes spirits bright.
At the Bar Horseshoe Ranch in Mackay, Idaho, an old farm wagon stands glowing at the foot of the Lost River Range. These mountains, part of the Rockies, are the tallest in Idaho; when covered in snow they are a stunning embodiment of the season.
COZY LITTLE CHRISTMAS
Christmas is such a beautiful time of year, and a touch of snow (top left) makes things magical. DESHA UTSICK JIM THORPE, PENNSYLVANIA
Every year, I take out my Christmas decorations and admire my elf (bottom left). He is 60 years old— a gift from Mom—and I love to put him outside with a peanut. The most frequent visitor is a tufted titmouse. It sits next to the elf, then flies away with the peanut. I originally put the hole in this gourd hoping to make a shelter for birds in the winter. NANCY TULLY EAST STROUDSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA
HE’S A JOLLY, HAPPY SOUL
Even the snowmen (top right) sport holiday lights outside this former farm near Oakbank in Manitoba, Canada. Though this land is no longer used for agriculture, the barn and farmhouse remain, maintained by a descendant of the people who used to farm here.
PARADE OF LIGHTS
This time of year, in small towns across the country, farmers and ranchers get their tractors in the spirit by adorning them with lights, garlands and bows. This Ford 8000 and its smaller counterpart would fit right in at the Granville Village Tractor parade (featured on page 8).
JINGLE ALL THE WAY
From dashing through the snow to looking dashing for the camera, this dark bay Arabian is suited up handsomely in a garland, bells and Santa hat.
MOOS BENEATH THE MISTLETOE
Brahman cattle graze under a crisp blue sky. Known for their hardiness, they do well in both hot and cold weather. They’re also curious, so the cows pictured may well be wondering what these decorations are all about.
I couldn’t get all my hens in this shot, but Peach, Hazel, Betty, Pearl, Red, Louise, Delilah, Amelia, Cinnamon and Sugar wish you a Merry Christmas! AMANDA STICE OTTERVILLE, MISSOURI
These are a few of our favorite things, and you can make them with items lying around in the horse barn. With a couple of straw bales, a sisal rope and a handful of embellishments, your farm will be fa-la-la-festive in no time.
BEST OF LUCK
Making bundles for birds is an old Scandinavian custom. A bundle of grain is placed on a post on the farm on Christmas Eve. Birds visiting the bundle signal good luck to the farm in the coming year. We tried this out and it must have worked; the following year we had an excellent crop. DARWIN ANTHONY TRIMONT, MINNESOTA
RING IN THE NEW
Twine and holly, a sleigh bell and an old horseshoe are all you need for this understated ornament. Just be sure you hang the horseshoe luck side up—for good tidings all year long.