Sunday morning, when Harland was done with chores, we drove out into the pasture to find a Christmas tree. The only native evergreen tree here is the cedar tree, and there are plenty of those around. Cedar trees prior to European settlement were kept in check by prairie fires, but since much of the prairie is not burned any longer, the cedar tree has spread unchecked. If not controlled, it can take over a pasture in just a few years. So when we found a group of cedars along the edge of the pasture, Harland brought out his chainsaw and started cutting all of them down.
One of those we decided to bring home for our Christmas tree.
It looked a little scraggly, but when we got it home and decorated it, it turned out to be a nice little tree. We were a little concerned that Kitty may pull the tree over or try to climb it but she seemed to take little notice of it.
Until the second day.
I was in the kitchen cooking when I heard a crash, like someone was doing some logging in our living room. I looked up and saw Kitty running away from the tree. It could be just a coincidence…. but experience tells me otherwise. Harland and I put the tree back up while Kitty watched from the safety of the next room. And, knock on wood, she’s left it alone since then.
On Christmas Eve, we attended Mass, and then on Christmas day, Harland and I spent the day at home. I was up early to get the turkey stuffed and into the oven while Harland fed the cattle.
I made the crusts while Harland made the pumpkin pie filling. The mincemeat came from a jar. Someday I’d like to make homemade mincemeat. When the turkey came out of the oven, the pies went in and baked while we ate our lunch. By the afternoon, the pies had cooled and we each had a slice while we watched It’s a Wonderful Life.
We had a nice relaxing day and hope you had the same. How did you spend your day?