Ever since my children were little, their grandmother created a tradition of giving presents for the 12 days leading up to Christmas morning. We call it the "12 Days of Christmas."
Unlink the famous song, these gifts come before Christmas day and are not lavish. Rather they are little keepsakes like ornaments, coloring books and puzzles that remind them of their childhood.
While my mother passed away from ovarian cancer 8 years ago and my children are well into their teenage years, the tradition remains. Every year before Christmas, they open one gift each day. However, the gesture has new meaning. Now it reminds them not only of their childhood, but also of the special grandmother who thought of them every Christmas.
When difficult years arise, it is always good to reflect on the little joys from the year. This year has been a difficult one for farmers across the state. The view from your tractor cab and truck window was the same through my camera lens. It was dry, dusty and well, at times, depressing.
But not all of the moments captured whether by the mind or the magazine were disheartening. In fact, it is the photographs of fairs, festivals and farmers in fields that can brighten any day.
So, in the spirit of the holiday season, Missouri Ruralist
would like to offer its own rendition of the infamous "Twelve Days of Christmas" through this slide show. It is our gift to you this holiday season in hopes that it reminds you of the joys of being involved in farming.