Dairy Channel: Santa stops at the barn


‘Twas the night before Christmas

and all through the barn

not a creature did stir

till the old dog woofed an alarm.

The Jerseys they rustled,

the Holsteins they bellowed

as soon as they saw they saw

the big white-bearded fellow.

The reindeer flew in,

hovered over the barn roof,

then backed up and landed

on freshly trimmed hooves.

(The Jerseys were jealous,

their trimmer was late.

He did not make it

on the appointed trim-date.)

While roof landings were standard,

the reindeer hopped

in the barnyard to land ‘er.

Unhitch and nibble some hay.

Trot up to the water trough,

have a fresh drink.

Check out the Jerseys,

give the cute ones a wink.

The Holsteins were testy.

They thought reindeer were messy,

since reindeer coats

were not black and white.

But all were distracted

when Rudolph gave a shout.

He tried to take a drink

and his nose shorted out!

While animals played,

Santa unloaded the sleigh,

leaving gifts for creatures

two-footed and four.

His job here was done,

the night’s journey just begun.

It was time for the reindeer to go.

But one of them was missing,

till they found Dasher kissing

a heifer under the mistletoe.

This column is not educational,

no doubt!

Sometimes a chuckle is what

the best in life’s all about.

From all of us at OSU Extension,

a holiday greeting to you.

A very Merry Christmas to all

and blessings the year through.

(The author is the northeast Ohio district dairy specialist with OSU Extension. Send comments or questions in care of Farm and Dairy, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460.)


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