Christmas Eve, 12-24-23

Christmas Eve in the barn was quite solemn since there’s only 3 goats and 10 chickens. Very sad for me. Plus I can’t post the video on the blog – for some reason. Then Hazel and I did Silent Night and I’m having the same problem with uploading so here are reader photos instead.

Meet Chipper!

Here’s the red featherweight Patty bought a chance on in Oklahoma – I hope she wins! Isn’t it just gorgeous?

Keeper and Telly say Merry Christmas!
Hazel was too busy guarding her Milkbone

This wasn’t the post I was hoping to publish tonight but the sentiment is the same.


96 thoughts on “Christmas Eve, 12-24-23

  1. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas

    Merry, merry Christmas Miss Mary and to everyone, all y’all for real 🎄🥰😻. God bless us everyone ! 🥰

  2. Arrowhead Gramma

    Merry Christmas to you Mary, Rick and all the farm babies that you love and care for. They are so fortunate to have you as their Mom.

  3. Jan & Toby from TN

    Merry Christmas to you & your family! 🎄🎁Love reading all your blog posts. Always so interesting tho you seem to thing it’s about nothing. Ha! Hope you have the merriest of Christmases and maybe get some sewing time in too!

    Love & hugs!

  4. Rhoda Ebersole

    Merry Christmas to you and your farm!!!

    Those alphabet stockings are incredible!

    Stay warm and relax Mary.

    Sending hugs and love,

  5. Deb in Idaho

    Merry Christmas, I hope everyone is safe. My son surprised us with a visit. So wonderful.

  6. Kim from Wi

    Merry Christmas Mary and to all those critters who give you joy. Its 45 degrees here in Wisconsin and no snow, which is a gift for those that are traveling. Tonight, I’m thankful for your blog and all that you do for all of us.

  7. Rosie Westerhold

    No worries about not being able to upload your video of the farm tonight. Technology, right? I LOVE to hate it sometimes. We are expecting actual SNOW overnight here in Lincoln, NE. With lots of wind, too. Glad I have nowhere to go tomorrow. It will be just me and my 2 fur kids here. Celebrating with my brother and sister-in-law and all of HER family later in the week. I did prepare a “brunch” for myself tomorrow: Pumpkin French Toast Casserole. It’s sitting in the fridge overnight and I will add the rest of the ingredients in the morning. Picture looked YUMMY. And I do love pumpkin spice. May have to add some bacon or sausage to balance out all that sweetness of the casserole. I’ll have some with a pumpkin spiced latte that I make at home.

    Merry Christmas, Mary and Rick and all the farm animals. Stay warm and safe. And a very Merry Christmas to all of the blog readers. May you all be blessed with the happiness of the season.

  8. Sheila

    Merry Christmas Mary to you Rick and all the animals. I so love reading the blog, especially if I read it at night. It’s a nice day to finish the day. My husband loves the parking photos. I am not positive but I think photo number 2 looks like a Lynette Jensen from Thimbleberries panel. The red sewing machine is sure a beauty. There is something about anything that is bright and shiny and red. Right?

    Have a peaceful day tomorrow.

    Sheila in MA

  9. Carol Reents

    I was hoping for your annual picture from the barn but enjoyed all the reader photos. Merry Christmas to you, Mary. I so enjoy your daily posts.

  10. Elizabeth

    Merry Christmas to you and Rick, Mary! Thank you for making us part of your farm family through your posts each night. You truly make things better for all of us .

  11. Amy F

    Merry Christmas to you and yours Mary! All the reader photos are just amazing!!! Everyone here is so talented. And I love meeting others’ dogs, cats and other animal friends.

  12. Cyndy Frey

    Merry Christmas Eve! Are you able to post Christmas Eve in the barn and Silent Night on Instagram?

  13. Lynne from NJ

    Merry Christmas Mary, Rick and everyone! Thanks for sharing your farm life with us. I look forward to hearing all about it. Best wishes for a Happy and healthy New Year.

  14. Martha W in WY

    Merry Christmas to all! It’s a brown Christmas in New Town, ND. Had a chilly Christmas Eve. The candlight service was beautiful and the message was about light. We all carry a light within us.
    We just to let that light shine. Mary, thank you for sharing your light with us every evening.

  15. Beryl in Owatonna

    MERRY CHRISTMAS, Mary! Have a good day tomorrow and anew year filled with
    Good health and many blessings. Thanks for all you do! You are very special to so many.

  16. Heidi,

    May you have a blessed Christmas and New Year from the green and wet Pacific Northwest. Unseasonably warm and grass growing.

  17. Caryn in Eastern Washington

    Wishing you all on the farm a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year.

  18. Lindah in northern CA

    A Blessed and Joyful Christmas to you, Mary and Rick and to all the chickenscratch community.

  19. Sandy

    Merry Christmas to you Mary, Rick and all at the farm,we had a quiet day at home,very pleasant, weather has been overcast and windy, so indoor gam3s and a few naps! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  20. Jeanne in Colo.

    Loved all the Christmas projects posted in the last few weeks. The Christmas alphabet socks posted tonight were outstanding and very unique.
    What fantastic workmanship. And, of course all of the pets are adorable. Is Chipper a King Charles Spaniel? He is beautiful. No wonder his owner has such a huge smile on her face.
    Mary, I too was looking forward to seeing the peaceful scenes from your barn this evening, but we all understand that things don’t always go as we planned. Thank you for trying. We love all that you do to keep this blog going. I looked out my sewing room window just now as I was heading for the bedroom and there are three large bull elk, complete with huge racks of antlers, bedded down across the street under the lighted flagpole of the school. Last year there were five that hung around a good share of the winter. They have walked right by our front porch and left both their footprints and their calling card (poop). What a gift on Christmas Eve to see another of God’s magnificient creatures roaming free.
    The red sewing machine would certainly be a great Christmas present to Patti, or whoever wins it. It looks brand new. I have a small black toy centennial version of the Featherweight, not the normal Featherweight size. I wish I could say it was a bargain like Mary is always finding. I’m not normally an impulse buyer, but I snatched this one up and paid the asking price, without even bargaining. My husband was with me and encouraged me. Can you believe that? That didn’t happen very often.
    I will post a picture in a day or two.
    Have a blessed Christmas everyone. The snow we were to get never got here. So it is not to be a white Christmas after all. All we got was a lot of wind and a bit of rain.
    Jeanne in Co.

  21. Candy

    Merry Christmas, Mary, Rick and all your furry and feathered family! Enjoy your iced tea … we’re enjoying our wine! Tonight (Christmas eve) we had pizza for dinner … tomorrow (Christmas day) we’re having lasagna. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Mary’s ‘reader’ family too!

  22. Carolyn Rector of Ohio

    Reading this at 4 am. I think the dog woke me up. 😂 Merry Christmas too you Mary and all your readers. Everything you do is a blessing even if you can’t post videos. We know you’re in your barn with your animals having a sacred moment. God bless you.

  23. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    Merry Christmas Mary and Rick and fellow blog-readers, and all the best for 2024! 🎄

  24. Rita in IOWA

    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, love this blog and it is about everything we have to share. The quilts are so special tonight . The socks are beautifully done. We had rain off and on most of the night so no white Christmas. Will be a quite day today.

  25. Lynette in Orlando

    I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, especially you Mary and Rick and all the animals! All the best for 2024. God bless us everyone.

  26. Carmen M.

    Merry Christmas! Hope you, Rick and your furry critters have a wonderful and peaceful day!

  27. Kathy in western NY

    And think of us all singing Silent Night to you for all the goodness and joy you bring to the world Mary. Thank you for the effort you tried to post a video – it’s the thought that counts.

  28. Rosalie in Texas

    Merry Christmas to Mary and all your loved ones (2&4 footed)!
    And to all your readers!

  29. Janet S

    The stockings are a work of art and everything else is so nice. Blessings to all of us in the Mary club and praying for a healthy new year.

  30. Suzanne

    Merry Christmas to you, Rick and your animal friends. It was pleasant picturing Christmas in the barn and the sounds of Silent Night. See you in 2024! ~Suzanne Shepherd

  31. Ann in PA

    Merry Christmas, Mary & all who live on the farm. ♥️
    Peace, joy & blessings to everyone who loves this blog about everything that’’s important! xxoo

  32. Malynda Reed

    I’m sure it’s beautiful and I can picture the whole thing in my mind! I lost my only sister suddenly and tragically last Christmas Eve. Don’t sweat the small stuff. You are an inspiration to me

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Malynda – well then, I can’t imagine how sad this Christmas Eve must have been for you. What a horrible shock for you and your family. Since my only sister was here last night I can’t imagine losing her suddenly last night as well.

  33. Linda in MI

    Merry Christmas from my farm to yours. I wish you a wonderful New Year with everyone healthy, safe and happy. God bless you and yours and all the readers out here in blog land!

  34. Sunflower from Michigan 🌻

    Merry Christmas to you Mary and Rick! AndMerry Christmas to your readers. Have a wonderful day everyone!

  35. Kathy in SW PA

    Merry Christmas Mary! Thanks for all that you do. May your day be filled with love, laughter and peace!

  36. Diane in Colorado

    Blessed Merry Christmas to you and Rick! I have always enjoyed your posts about the quiet of the night in the barn on Christmas Eve. It brings me closer to the manger somehow. Sending love from Colorado!

  37. Sue in Marion, IN

    Merry Christmas to you and Rick and all the animals! I’m sorry the Christmas Evenbarn video wouldn’t post—sometimes you just have to go to plan B! There was a lot of plan B at the Christmas Eve service at our Episcopal church last night. 60 people showed up, which is great! But we haven’t had that many on Christmas Eve since before covid, and we ran out of bulletins! The choir (all 4 of us) didn’t have bulletins, which would normally be ok because the service is in the prayer book, but….we sing carols for a half hour before the service starts and we had no page numbers for the hymnal😵‍💫 Then I was the scripture reader—readings are in the bulletin. Had to snatch the choir director’s copy as the lectionary wasn’t open to the readings. We always sing “Silent Night “ after communion with the lights off, then “Joy to the World’. Director forgot Silent Night, so we went with Joy to the World, then Mother Mindy directed us to Silent Night. We survived! The important thing is that we were there worshiping together. And then we had refreshments so all was good! Blessing to all!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sue – I thought things like this happened only in our church! This would be a great Christmas movie!!! Our church is pretty programmed to go off without a hitch – partly because of Pastor and me but sometimes things happen. I can just see everybody searching their hymnals for the right songs. This is almost funny!!! I’m going to forward this to Brian – he’ll appreciate it like me!

  38. Jo Schmitz

    Merry Christmas Mary! God’s blessings to you! Thank you for your posts all year through. I look forward to them each day!
    You are so full of energy and life! It is a joy to hear from you each day!
    Much love to you on this beautiful Christmas morning!

  39. Kathy b

    MERRY CHRISTMAS! Thank you for all you do, you will never know how much your blog has meant to me.

  40. Brenda Ks.

    Merry Christmas Mary and all the blog readers. I also look forward to the barn Christmas Eve in the barn but I am going to go to plan B. I have last years video saved somewhere so I am going to find it and watch it.

  41. Terri S.

    Merry Christmas to you!I appreciate you persistence in posting. Your blog is the highlight of my day!

  42. Sally J. Mi.

    Thank you Mary for this wonderful blog that brings all of us together so each can express their love for quilting.
    Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year!!

  43. Diana in Des Moines

    Merry Christmas to all of you!
    We slept in until the cat yowled for food. Cinnamon rolls in the over, my son and grandkids will be over later. Prime rib for dinner, then Alfred Hitchcock movies tonight on TCM. Perfect way to spend the day. Almost 2 inches of rain in Des Moines and 45 degrees. Not perfect for Santa’s sleigh but he got the job done.
    When I put the cats stockings out, I had a burst of tears. We lost Poppy in August, so only 1 stocking. Circle of life. I have lost so many friends and family members this year. It was a very bad year. in that respect .
    Blessings to you and Rick today. Give Hazel a special hug, and thank you so much for the blog! Somedays it is the only shining light in this dark world.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diana – blessings to you and yours! The trip to the barn was hard last night – I cried. So empty! I agree that you blog readers are my shining light as well – thank you.

  44. Anna M

    Merry Christmas Mary! Quiet day here SE SD
    We are planning to go see my mother in law but it’s freezing rain so we will see. Love your blog about nothing!

  45. Beth Haynes

    Merry Christmas, Mary. Sorry about the trouble with downloading your videos and pictures. Silent Night with you and Hazel would have been perfect. But I can imagine. God Bless you.

  46. Jill Klop

    Merry Christmas! Sorry your barn has fewer occupants than you’d like. Maybe you’ll have more next year!

  47. Marie C

    Merry Christmas to all. Thank you so much for your wonderful blog. I look forward to reading your posts when they come out. Sue it is wonderful that you had so many people at your church service. I’m sure it was beautiful.

  48. Mareen

    Merry Christmas, merry Rick, and all the animals on the Etherington farm! I treasure our friendship that we’ve had for so many years. God blessed me with two of the best.

  49. Linda in North Carolina

    Amen to what everyone has said! Merry Christmas to all and may the New Year bring God’s blessings on everyone and especially on our troubled nation. We always have Hope because of Him! Looking forward to what your blog holds for all of us next year. It is such a bright spot in each day (or evening). Thank you Mary! I love the Christmas Stockings beautiful work. My daughter would love the pattern if you can share.

  50. Debra L Reber

    Merry Christmas to you! Thanks so much for sharing your life on your farm, I really enjoy reading about it! Hope you & your family & all your animals have a wonderful holiday!

  51. Brenda in Georgia

    With loving wishes to you and all the family at the farm. I look forward to hearing from you everyday and reading all about your followers. I was glad to spend time with some of the family on Christmas Eve but will not get to see everyone this Christmas. I hope to see other loved ones as soon as possible. So sorry that you are missing loved ones in your barn. I feel this connection with Hazel for some reason, so please give her an extra hug. All of us feel blessed to be part of your community and thank you so much for all the joy you bring us.

  52. Sharon F

    A Bright and Merry Christmas to Mary, Rick, family, animals and farm, and all the blog readers!

  53. Kris in WI

    One more wish to all for a Merry Christmas.
    It will be a quiet, rainy day here. Our daughter’s workplace is filled with sick people and she doesn’t want to chance bringing anything to us, our son is on the east coast, DH is napping, the ham is in the oven, and I’m on my way downstairs to listen to Christmas music and bind two quilts for a friend.
    Safe travels to folks who need to be out on the road and a good night’s rest to everyone.
    Thanks once again, Mary, for the wonderful gift of your blog. Blessings of the day to you and Rick and your fur and feather family. Kris

  54. Sibyl

    Mary, will you please leave your Instagram tag in your blog? I don’t know where to find you.
    I don’t always see the answers to the comments. Merry Christmas!!

  55. Celeste in NE Wisconsin

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!

    I look forward to the Blog About Nothing every day. It’s my favorite and very entertaining.

    The red Featherweight is a real beauty! And my favorite color, too.

  56. Sharon Geiger

    Merry Christmas! May you find peace and joy today and always! From NE Indiana to your corner of the world.

  57. Barbara

    Merry Christmas Mary and all your family and farm family.. I really enjoy your blog sew much🎅🏻

  58. Colleen in Central Oregon

    Merry Christmas Mary and everyone! Wish you all a very blessed new year!
    We woke up to a dusting of snow, so I’m claiming a white Christmas. It’s already melted off, but that’s OK too. I want anyone who has to travel to be safe.

  59. Lynn Lahr

    Merry Christmas everyone from very wet unusually warm northeast Iowa. No snow so far this year. A very quiet Christmas for us this year. Our daughters both have Covid in their homes and our son is in Colombia, South America visiting our daughter-in-law’s family. We will celebrate in a few weeks when everyone is healthy. Thanks for the compliments about the cross stitched stockings. The patterns can be found in Home for the Holidays by Blackbird Designs. I’m new to cross stitch but I’m happy with how they turned out. Everyone have a safe and Happy 2024. Mary, thanks for the blog about nothing. I look forward to it every day.

    1. Linda in North Carolina

      Lynn Lahr. Thanks for the source for the stockings. My daughter loves to cross stitch and would love to make these. I can’t cross stitch anymore. To. Hard to see where to put the needle.

      1. Kathy in western NY

        Lynn, they are beautiful and what a heirloom look with the design on them. I no longer can see well enough to follow a cross stitch pattern but enjoy seeing what others make. Stay well for your gathering in a few weeks and thank you for sharing the pictures with us.

  60. Jan Hebert

    Merry Christmas to you, Mary and Rick! I loved your blog post and especially love reading the comments. It’s 50 degrees here in MA, so strange this time of year. We drove to Scituate for Christmas Eve with family and friends. I was thankful for the warm temperatures. Today it’s just Peter and I – turkey for dinner, it smells so good here! Take care, everyone. Merry Christmas to all! Jan in MA

      1. Linda Everett

        Jan do you ever shop at The Quilted Crow in Bolton MA.? I use to shop there when we lived in Southern New Hampshire. So many Quilt Shops have closed up but I still enjoy the Quilted Crow when we visit my daughter and family in Dublin NH. I’ve been to Scituate.

  61. Ann in Virginia

    Merry Christmas, Mary and Fellow Bloggers. Thank you for all your hard work!! So much fun to see a fellow farm gal and all your activities. Very inspiring–always!

  62. Montana Kathy

    Hi Mary, Merry Christmas to you and Rick, and to all the critters on the farm. Special pats and petting for the dogs and cats! Our Christmas is very quiet, with just hubby and myself AND of course, our kids: Zeke, our black lab, Stella Blue, our Terrier – Papillon mix (who already got into her Christmas toys days before Christmas!) and, of course, the kitties: Charlie, the big orange guy, and Cleo, a tortie, who’s the boss of everyone. We had snow yesterday and through the night, but the sun today is melting a lot of it off. Still, it was a white Christmas, but very, very cold (12 degrees last night when taking the dogs out). Looking forward to another year of news from the farm and from all your readers. Merry Christmas to all!

  63. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    Merry Christmas to you and Rick, Mary, and to all the bloggers. So sorry about the almost empty barn. That is sad. It was 62* here today!
    Thanks so much for the blog😀😍

  64. Diana

    Merry Christmas from Wisconsin! We got rain today too. Seems really odd to not have snow for Christmas. My husband wanted to mow our lawn today, and to be sure to take a picture. Luckily the rain prevented that from happening. I wonder what the rest of our winter will bring? I sure hope it doesn’t begin in January and run into July!

  65. Annette

    Thank You for your blog, we had family here Christmas Eve, it was great. On Christmas Day we had my uncle come for supper as he is on his own and was a Christmas baby, so celebrated his birthday and Christmas.

  66. JoAnne

    Here in NW Wisconsin rain and brown everywhere. Merry Christmas and to a great 2024, please keep up with the blog I love getting it and seeing all the pictures.

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