Deck THE FARM

With its trac­tors that sparkle, its horse­shoes and holly, Christ­mas in the coun­try makes spir­its bright.

Farm & Ranch Living - - THE WAY WE LIVE -

DAZZLING DIS­PLAYS

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

HOL­I­DAY HOS­PI­TAL­ITY

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.

FES­TIVE FEATHERS

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

DE­CEM­BER DECOR

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.

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