Stephanie Staton
December 20, 2013

It’s the night before Christmas, and all through the house not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse, when all of sudden came a clicking clatter, as I pulled out the laptop and typed up this letter. Oh, OK—so that’s not how the story really goes, but if you’re reading this on the day it posts, at least one detail is true.

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With the all the holidays in full swing and perhaps a few days’ leave from your off-farm job, you might feel pressured to pull off some last-minute shopping, decorating, cooking or even to squeeze in a few extra farm chores, but I encourage you to take a minute (and a deep breath) to reflect on all the joy that this season can bring. Think of the people and events that have brought you to this point and commit them to memory. As a time of giving and sharing, busy schedules can easily bog us down so it’s nice to spend a moment or two basking in the season’s true meaning.

I hope that your reflections are filled with warmth and happiness and that your season is and always will be bright. Join us for some holiday fun, as the Hobby Farms editors share their favorite traditions.

Merry Christmas, from the Staton farmhouse! - Photo by Rachael Brugger (

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