Christmas Traditions at The Small Town Homestead


So often on the homestead we focus on other seasons of year, in the spring we are planting, in the fall we are harvesting, but this time of the year for us is a season of traditions. It really begins the Friday after Thanksgiving when our bellies are still full, we put on some classic Christmas music and dig all the decorations up out of the basement, we put up the tree and set out all the trinkets.

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That evening we take our annual trip down to historic
Metamora Indiana
for the Grist Mill End Shot Rev_300wChristmas Walk and do some shopping, we always get a new Christmas tree ornament and fill up on hot cider and hot chocolate. The Fire department there always hosts a fundraising dinner which we love to support. Then for the next days and weeks it’s me and my wife curling up on the couch many evenings watching all the usual Christmas shows like “A Christmas Story,” “It’s A Wonderful Life” and as much as I hate to admit it “Charlie Brown Christmas”.

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downloadFinally Christmas Eve is here, the kids are all coming home to visit. As the evening arrives our church holds a special Christmas Eve Celebration each year where we sing

songs to be reminded of God’s goodness and mercy and the way he made for the redemption of His children. We listen to our Pastor read “The Innkeeper” by John Piper and then we conclude with a candlelight service. What a wonderful way to be reminded what it’s all about before we go to bed.

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Christmas morning is finally here, when the kids were little they would be waking us up before daylight but not anymore, they like to sleep in a bit. I usually make us a breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast and then we prepare to open our presents. Before we do I will read the story of the birth of Christ from Luke 2:1-20 to be reminded of the greatest of all gifts we have received and then we open our presents.

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The rest of the day is spent visiting some other family members who live nearby, calling some friends to see what they got and then we start cooking our dinner. A Christmas ham is the star of this show, a green bean casserole, biscuits and some other sides. We gather around the table, thank God for His gifts and enjoy our meal. Already imagesI’ll be starting to think about my daughters leaving soon and wishing they didn’t have to, but while they are here we will share some laughs, tell some stories and have a great time.

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Someone may ask “what does all this have to do with homesteading?” To that I say “this is what homesteading is all about! Fun, Family and Worship of Our Lord”. Maybe you have other motivations and other traditions but I don’t think there are any that are better, at least for my family that is. Share with us your thoughts on our traditions and tell us some yours, we would love to hear them and maybe even adopt some of them as our own. May God bless your homesteading Journey.

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Harold

Homesteader, Blogger and Podcaster at Small Town Homestead
I am a husband to Mary and father to three daughters. My family and I are striving to become more self sufficient everyday as we grow our own food and pursue a more natural and organic lifestyle.

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