It probably won’t have escaped your attention that we’re approaching the festive season.
Now we mention this because recently on TV there was a programme talking about how a lot of office workers start ‘easing up’ in the run in to Christmas and continue that through to New Year’s Day. Well, we smiled at that and couldn’t help saying “nice work if you can get it”!
Now we’re not knocking office workers or city industries. Those guys work long and hard too but in farming the idea of a ‘quiet day or two’ at this time of year is amusing. We get around Goulburn and its surroundings quite a bit and you don’t see too many farmers gathering together to talk about Christmas decorations or just how many days they can take off before the holiday so they can spend some quality time shopping.
OK, that goes with the territory in farming we know but it does introduce our usual Christmas and New Year message.
We know you’re busy and running those Kubota tractors flat out but do try and make some effort to find some time for the season’s festivities and meanings.
Yes, Christmas dinner’s great but in ‘ye olden days’ there used to be something called the “Twelvetide” meaning the 12 days of Christmas. It was a celebration of everything good running from 25th December through to the 5th January and even today, that is remembered in many traditions (not counting the famous song) where the decorations are finally taken down on 6th January.
Now you might be thinking at this point that White’s Tractors have ‘lost it’ and are recommending that you take 12 days off to do not very much apart from enjoy yourself! Well, no such thing.
What we are saying is that we all need to try and find the time to relax and enjoy the world around us a little at this time of year and sometimes, with all the pressures of farming, in a funny way that ‘balancing’ of our lives takes a bit of effort.
Even so, make the effort! You’ll feel the benefits.
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