88 thoughts on “Christmas Eve, 12-24-20

  1. Arrowhead Gramma

    Merry Christmas Mary and thank you for all of your efforts in putting your blog together for all of us to enjoy. Stay warm❣️❣️❣️ 🎄❤️🎅🏻❤️🎄

    P.S. Thanks to Kayla for being there for you and the blog. ❤️🎄❤️

  2. Jessica in Florida

    Merry Christmas to you all! I love all the animal pics…the one of the solo goat make me chuckle — it looks as though he/she is smiling. Stay safe and stay warm.

  3. Susie Kepley

    Merry Christmas to all of you and your families! God bless you and hope you have a happy and healthy 2021!!

  4. Beryl in Owatonna

    Merry Christmas, Rick and Mary! Your furry friends look pretty peaceful. Hazel is out and about minus her coat!! LOL!
    It is so good to feel like reading again. Thanks for the wishes to get well. I am in rehab now gaining strength so I can go back to MN.. Hopefully next week! This is not my plan of birthday and Christmas but God has been good and kept me from being seriously ill. Lungs are clear, I haven’t lost taste or smell. Just extremely week.
    I need to catch up, it doesn’t sound like poor Jo is responding well. Makes me just want to HUG her.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone, I he missed all of the chatter.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Beryl in Owatonna – wonderful to hear you’re in rehab and out of the hospital! Hang in there!

  5. Martha C Engstler

    Wishing all a very Merry Christmas, safe and healthy. Thanks to you Mary for your blog.
    Fun to see all the animals on Christmas eve.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Martha – thank you for the sweet Christmas card! Sure was thoughtful to remember us!

  6. Carrolyn

    Merry Christmas, dear lady!

    You are such a blessing to many lives……of people and creatures!

    Wishing you and Rick a loving Christmas season!

  7. Beth T.

    Merry Christmas to you and Rick…and to Hazel and Jo, and the cats, goats, chickens, and any other creatures finding shelter in your care. Let Heaven and nature sing!

  8. Carolyn Boutilier

    Thank you Mary for sharing your Christmas Eve animal pictures. We have had heavy rain all day. we have a cold front coming during the night and the temperature is to drop 30 degrees and high winds of 30 to 40 MPH. We are postponing our Christmas as our remaining son is in ICU in the hospital and our only grand child a granddaughter is in quarantine because she was in contact with someone who has the virus now. 2020 the year of No Christmas.
    Stay safe and Merry Christmas.
    Carolyn b from Shenandoah Valley Va

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carolyn Boutilier – ICU? Oh, I’m so sorry! Prayers for health and homecoming!

  9. Angie from Baltimore

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May you only see blessings and no sadness and May Jo finally realize she is safe and loved.
    You are our blessing in so many ways.

  10. Jan from TN

    Love all your animal pics! Very cold here in middle TN too. A little snow where I live but temp is only 19 & with wind chill it’s feels like 10 degrees! Too cold, 🥶

    Merry Christmas to you & Rick! 🎄🎅🏻🎁

    Thanks for all you do!

  11. Carmen Montmarquet

    Merry Christmas Mary and Rick! Thanks for sharing such peaceful pics of all your furry and not so furry critters!! Wishing you continued good health and hope and pray that “2021” will be a much better year for everyone, especially Jo!!!

  12. Linda in So Cal

    Thank you for keeping up your Christmas Eve tradition. Very touching. Merry Christmas to you and Rick and to all your animal friends.

  13. Jo in Wyoming

    Christmas wishes to all of you. Thanks Mary for all the posts and for tolerating technology.

    Rub her ears for me.

  14. Patty

    A Very Merry Christmas to you ❤️ and your Rick, also all your feather and furry family.
    May God richly bless you all. 🎄

  15. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    Thanks for taking your Christmas Eve trip to the barn and sharing the pictures. Merry Christmas to you and yours , Mary. It’s so cold; stay safe.

  16. Dorothy

    I love seeing the “barn animal” pictures on Christmas Eve. And even if Christmas isn’t normal this year, thank you for trying to keep it normal for all of us. Here’s to a much better and healthier 2021

  17. Jan VanDeWalle

    Merry Christmas. I miss going to the barn on Christmas Eve to see if we had any new lambs. We haven’t raised sheep since our youngest son graduated high school in’92 and left for college. and Dad didn’t want to shovel out the barn on his own, so the livestock left the farm
    Cold here in NW Oregon but we had sun today. Jan

  18. Jeanne

    Merry Christmas to you all from No. Colo.
    Mary, thank you for the pictures of your farm animals in the barn last evening. They all looked so snug and cozy in the comfort of their various home areas. Praying you, Rick, Jo, and all of your pets have a blessed Christmas.
    May all of our New Year be safe and clear from the nasty covid so we can all return to healthy and happy living once again. Remember, God is still in control.

  19. Connie R

    Merry Christmas to you and Rick. Thanks for the beautiful barn pictures. Hopefully your animals talked at Midnight and Jo joined in. Thank you also for the gift of your blog. Many blessings to you and yours.

  20. Rhonda in Iowa

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing the barn photos. They remind me of a childhood spent visiting my grandparents’ farm. Warm feelings of love. Nothing better for Christmas!

  21. Luci

    Merry Christmas to you and your family also. Thank you for sharing all the pictures and goodies from your home this year. All good wishes for the New Year.

  22. Frances E

    They look like they’ve been talking! ❤️💕 Thanks for sharing these sweet pictures of your barn and your furry and feathered family. You are so lucky.
    Have a very merry Christmas.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Frances E – did you click on the link at the bottom? I tried a video!

  23. Lois Palmisano

    MERRY Christmas to Mary and Connie and families and animals. LOIS in Omaha stay well!!

  24. Kathy in western NY

    You are an amazing woman giving us happiness each time you post on your blog and also giving so much love to your furry family. Merry Christmas and Peace on earth to everyone out there! 2021 can’t come soon enough so maybe we can see our loved ones safely again.

  25. Connie

    Merry Christmas! Thank you for braving the cold to take pictures in the barn. It is a tradition that I enjoy, we all enjoy enjoy! Here is to a happy and healthy back to normal New Year.

  26. Kathy Hanson

    Merry Christmas to you and Rick and all your furry, feathered family members too! 😊❤️❤️❣️

  27. Susan K in Texas

    Merry Christmas! Such beautiful pictures! May you receive many blessings during this most blessed season!

  28. Pat Williams

    The video is beautiful. So peaceful in the barn with just your music and singing on a very cold Christmas Eve. Hoping for that Christmas miracle for Jo. Thanks for all your hard work with the blog. We all enjoy it so much! Pat from Iowa City

  29. 💕Ethel

    Merry Christmas Mary! 🎄
    Thanks for the every day gift of your visits with all of us. They are greatly appreciated .
    May Gods’ love continue to flow thru you to others.
    Praying for a good 2021.

  30. Mary Rhodes

    Merry Christmas 🎄 to you and Rick. Love to see the animals. We have snow here in Bethel Ohio. Its was bad out in the countryside. Unable to have Christmas eve dinner with my Aunt and Cousin so bad all at once. Christmas dinner b here not at cousins. 17 degrees then goes up to 30s tomorrow! Crazy! So about Jo. Have a safe Christmas.

  31. Launa

    Thanks for the pictures! It’s 3o out here in Idaho this peaceful morning! No new snow added to our 36”.

  32. Lorraine McGeough

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Love your barn and animal pictures. The pics make me so lonely for the farm live. Guess I am citified (is that a word??) now. I enjoy your news letters whenevery you send them and love the pictures of your animals. My heart goes out to Jo and hopefully 2021 will be the time she realizes that she is so loved.
    Take care and be safe and thank you so much for all of the patience you show Jo.

  33. Chris in NW PA

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone! Thank you for the pictures
    of the animals at midnight. I enjoyed seeing the peace and quiet of the barn.
    Thank you for keeping the blog going in spite of the difficulties. It’s so
    enjoyable to read about quilting and farm life.

  34. Sue in Oregon

    Oh, beautiful photos. So peaceful. I can actually hear Silent Night playing in the background. Love, love it.
    Merry Christmas from our farm to yours. Be Still….

  35. Connie R

    I just played the video at the bottom of the blog. Love it! Hazel is quite the diva or, just singing along. Thank you!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Connie R – I tried to tell her the song was “silent” night but she wouldn’t listen!

  36. MartyCae

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for the pics! I love them all! Thanks too for providing all the entertainment through the year. I know it is a lot of work.

    God bless and keep warm.

  37. Ruthie

    Thanks for sharing the pics of your friends in the barn. So appropriate for Christmas I think, brings to mind Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus at the Inn. Or outback of the Inn. Merry Christmas !

  38. Margaret

    I loved this post seeing you with the animals. So real and heartwarming. I don’t know what you are going to do with Jo, but you have given it areal go. I can’t imagine what that dog has been thru and I don’t want to know. It must have been hideous. Someday I hope to get to meet you. Have been a fan ofyou and Connie many years. Hang in there, God bless you and keep you and Rick inHis care,

  39. Carol Schmidt

    “All is safely gathered in- e-er the winter storms begin” My uncle always gave a bit extra feed and bedding for Christmas. I bet you do also.

  40. Mary in Davenport

    Merry Christmas to you and your family your barn pictures make me think of the song oh holy night Wonderful

  41. Kate

    Your pictures make me think of what the stable must have looked like that first Christmas. Merry Christmas and may you and Rick have a healthy and happy new year..

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kate – yes! And that’s why I always go to the barn on Christmas Eve – the stable where Jesus was born was lowly and filled with animals, too.

  42. Diane and Squeak in Cenral Ohio

    Very beautiful rendition of “Silent Night” with Hazel harmonizing😃🐶. It was great to see. We had 6” of snow last night. It was interesting driving since some people forget how to drive in it🙀🙀. We usually have about 6 to 9 inches the whole winter. Thank you for the slide show and the video. Peace, love, and joy to all.

  43. Jeanine

    I couldn’t figure out how to play the video. Enjoyed the pictures in the barn. The goat under the table looked like she didn’t want to be bothered by the light. I know my chickens look at me like, “Why are you turning on the light?’ when it’s dark outside. I trust you had a wonderful day. Ours was pretty quiet, with my husbands sister and husband here for dinner. We both live in the Oskaloosa area.

  44. Sheila in WI

    Thank you for sharing your Christmas Eve with all of us. So peaceful… well, except for Hazel being Hazel, but that’s all part of the fun.
    Thanks for this and all the sharing you do. 🎄 🌟

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