A Cackleberry Christmas (Diary of a Cackleberry Farmer: December 2015 Edition)

The Christmas Wisteria Tree.
The Christmas Wisteria Tree. | Source
Christmas tree and presents
Christmas tree and presents | Source

Seasons Greetings

Welcome to the Christmas Edition of the Diary of a Cackleberry Farmer. Thank you for joining me once again and I hope you find this as interesting as those preceding it.

As this is also the last of this series for the year 2015, I'd like to tell you how much I appreciate each and everyone of you who take the time to read and/or comment on my hubs and to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and safe festive season however and wherever you may be spending it.

Bells of Holly
Bells of Holly | Source

Deck the Halls with Bells of Holly

When we lived in town, or suburbia, it was somewhat of a family tradition to erect the tree and decorate the house on 1st December every year. I am not sure if this was a case of trying to get the family into the Christmas spirit early and maintain the good cheer until Christmas Day, or if it was really just putting on a show for any guests or visitors who may happen across the threshold.

Since doing the "tree change" and relocating to our rural property, along with our kids moving out of home, the December 1st tradition has flown out the window. We now decorate whenever the mood overtakes us. Out here few visitors just drop in and we usually know well in advance if we are expecting any.

This year Kathy and I unpacked and dusted off the Christmas tree on December 12th and didn't put up the tinsel and other decorations until a week later. Our second son Jared, his wife Marie and their four young boys were coming to spend an early Christmas Day with us on Sunday 20th, so as long as we had the house decorated by then all would be good.

Kathy wraps the presents each year (she is much better than I) while I write out the cards and gift tags. Apparently my writing is neater.. or so I am told.

Our small indoor Christmas tree with presents
Our small indoor Christmas tree with presents | Source
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Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!

Here at the Cackleberry Farm we never spend a fortune on Christmas decorations, and have been using the same artificial trees now for at least the last five years. OK I admit I'm a little stingy (or thrifty as I prefer to say) but I don't believe in spending a fortune on something you only use for a few days each year. In fact, come early January, they just go straight back into the large packing carton they came out of, still fully assembled, decorations and all. They'll be dusted off and cobwebbed for the festive season next year.

I do admit that this year we did invest in some new baubles and tinsel to change the colour scheme and add a little newness to the display. I even draped a little silver tinsel over the wisteria tree outside our front entrance to greet any visitors as they drive up.

The Dinner Table
The Dinner Table | Source
The Cob Oven
The Cob Oven | Source

Food, Glorious Food!

Our biggest expense, as far as the festive season goes this year, was food. The main reason for this was that we were hosting the Christmas meal (lunch) and wanted to ensure no one left still hungry. We had borrowed a large glass front commercial refrigerator, placed it on the back verandah and stocked it up with a fine selection of meat, salads, fruit and drinks.

The day before I collected and chopped wood and Kathy baked a ham and a large chicken in our outdoor cob/pizza oven (no the chicken was not one of the cackleberry farm's permanent feathered residents).

The weather is so hot in Queensland at this time of year that cold meat and salad is a much more sensible option than hot roast meat and vegetables, especially for a lunch time meal. Our visitors brought roast lamb, a platter of deliciously stuffed eggs, and a bottle of wine to add to the fare.

Christmas lunch
Christmas lunch | Source
Ash, Tim, Dylan and Jordan
Ash, Tim, Dylan and Jordan | Source

When Kin Comes a Callin'

It had been more than a year since this son Jared and his family had last visited so we were anxiously looking forward to the day, and it didn't disappoint. The two older boys, Timothy and Ashton had stayed with us on a few previous occasions over the school holidays, but two year old Jordan could not remember the only time he had visited our home previously. For recently turned one year old, Dylan this was very exciting and his first time at the Cackleberry Farm.

This early Christmas celebration was a welcome distraction to the family as they are still all grieving the recent loss of their one month old mastiff cross, Bella, from the deadly "Parvo" virus. The children were delighted to be enthusiastically greeted by our three dogs Coco, Ginger, and Jackson.

Soon after they arrived we sat down around the Christmas tree to open presents, but just one each, as it still wasn't officially Christmas Day and everyone would still want something to open on the 25th. Besides Santa never comes early. The part I like best is seeing the smiles and excitement on the children's faces a they rip the paper off their presents eager to reveal what is inside.

Grandsons Dylan and Jordan opening presents
Grandsons Dylan and Jordan opening presents | Source
Christmas tree with pool table and my desk and computer in the background
Christmas tree with pool table and my desk and computer in the background | Source
The pool table
The pool table | Source
Our son Jared
Our son Jared | Source

The Grand Ballroom

In our house we have one large open-plan area that we refer to as simply "the big room", however a number of our friends have dubbed it "the grand ballroom" due to it's size. This room normally houses Kathy's sewing/craft area, our library, and my office.

In preparation for the big day we reorganised it so that we could do all our entertaining in the one area (and watch the kids at the same time). This room already houses a sofa, so we placed an extra armchair in there as well as a dining table and six chairs.

Another secret to the "big room" or "grand ballroom" is that hidden for most of the year beneath two craftwood sheets and an assortment of fabric, craft supplies and sewing equipment is a 4 foot x 7 foot pool table. This was cleared off so that the easily bored older boys (including my son Jared and myself) could be kept entertained while the babies played with toys (we still keep a collection here for grandchildren's visits) and the women chatted about children, various crafts and whatever things women talk about.

I am not being sexist here. We invited Kathy and Marie to play pool as well but they both declined, saying they preferred to just watch. Besides, I kept them supplied with tea, coffee and nibbles as required.

When we had played enough pool and snooker, we replaced the craftwood sheets on the table and transformed it into a ping pong/table tennis table for a change of pace. The only time it gets used for these games is on the occasions that we entertain visitors. So I like to make the most of it.

Sharing Christmas lunch with family was a delight and began with the snapping of bonbons/Christmas crackers, wearing paper crowns and reading out corny jokes. The food was delicious, with everyone eating more than they should and expressing their satisfaction. Thank you Lord for the blessing of this feast!

We'll also be eating left-overs for the next two days, and on the Cackleberry Farm nothing goes to waste as the chickens, dogs and cats make short work of any scraps. If there is anything they don't eat it goes into the compost bin.

I spy some cackleberries
I spy some cackleberries | Source
Hungry cats: Basil, Phoebe, and Fanny
Hungry cats: Basil, Phoebe, and Fanny | Source
Jackson, one of our toy poodles
Jackson, one of our toy poodles | Source
Poultry looking for food
Poultry looking for food | Source

Where's the Animals?"

"What's a Cackleberry Farm hub without animals?" I hear you ask. OK, you are right, I do need to devote at least a paragraph to my feathered and four-legged friends.

One of the favourite activities our grandchildren enjoy participating in is an "egg (cackleberry) hunt", in fact it is the first thing they ask when they come to visit, "Pa John can we please go and look for eggs?" I gladly agreed for them to do just that and because our chickens free range and frequently change their nesting sites it can keep the children occupied for quite awhile. After about 30 minutes they came racing in excitedly holding up two eggs, for which I congratulated them and directed to place in the refrigerator.

The next day, with our Christmas celebration behind us, it was back to reality once more. With the mid-Summer days now being longer and hotter the sun rises early. As the sunrise acts as a catalyst for our animals also thinking it is breakfast time, sleeping in at the Cackleberry Farm is wishful thinking.

Our black and white cat Basil is self-appointed (well as far as I know) spokesman/person/animal/cat...oh whatever, and wakes me every morning at 5:00 am. honestly I never need an alarm clock. He jumps onto the bed, my chest, and begins to meow and doesn't cease until I give in and reluctantly get out of bed. The action of me rising has like a domino effect with the three other cats suddenly materializing from other corners of the house where they have been sleeping.

By the time I visit the bathroom and reach the kitchen I am now also being followed excitedly by the three dogs. With a bag of dry dog food in one hand, a bag of cat food in the other, and feeling distinctly like the Pied Piper, I proceed outside to fill their respective bowls.

They say every action influences another, and the moment I open the door and begin to empty the first few biscuits of pet food into a bowl, the chooks/chickens come running. So, after feeding the dogs and cats, I then have to fill the poultry feeder with grain and laying pallets to keep them happy. Once I have appeased the demands and appetites of the hungry hordes I can return to bed for another hour or two. Whether or not I can go back to sleep is another matter.

Widya, Daniel, Trent, Chloe, Radane, Feanor, and Cahlya.
Widya, Daniel, Trent, Chloe, Radane, Feanor, and Cahlya. | Source

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Before or After Christmas? That is the Question.

As I began to write this Christmas Edition of the "Diary of a Cackleberry Farmer" I was faced with a quandary. Do I write this hub before or after Christmas? I surmised that most readers would probably be searching for topics relating to "Christmas" either before or on 25th December, not after. At least not after Boxing Day.

Ultimately my decision to publish before hand was due to the fact that our "Cackleberry" Christmas was really celebrated on 20th December. We will still be celebrating on December 25th but will be in Brisbane with our eldest son Daniel and his family on that day. His family is now too big to all travel in the one vehicle so it is easier for Kathy and I to go there for Christmas. We have arranged for nearby friends to feed our dogs, cats and chickens while we are away for two nights.

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Our daughter Jody and grandson Logan
Our daughter Jody and grandson Logan | Source
Trent, Taidan and Cyrus
Trent, Taidan and Cyrus | Source

Where to Next Year?

With family scattered all over this big country it is virtually impossible for us all to get together to celebrate the Festive Season, but with the aid of Skype and Facetime we will still be able to chat face to face with those we can't be with in person.

Where will we spend Christmas next year? Who knows at this stage. It's too early to tell, but our daughter Jody, husband Skott and son Logan are moving to Ipswich, Queensland next year so hopefully we will be able to share Christmas with them.

Maybe our youngest son Trent, wife Cheenee and sons Taidan and Cyrus will also be able to make the long journey down from Darwin. Here's hoping.

Anyway, here's wishing anyone reading this a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Hanukkah, or whatever you celebrate. I wish you peace and prosperity for the New Year as well, and look forward to bringing you more from the Cackleberry Farm in January.

p.s. I apologise for the lack of foul language in this hub. I promise more of that in the next edition.

© 2015 John Hansen

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swalia 9 months ago

So festivities are in the air! Lovely family pics :)

Wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas in advance!


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes they certainly are Swalia, thank you for your kind comment and wishes.


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Frank Atanacio 9 months ago from Shelton

Jodah what a fine holiday hub, a wonderful share and the food looks freakin fantastic.. love the family photos.. and the ambiance floating in the air.. bless your family my friend :)


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Frank. Thanks for your kind comment. Glad you enjoyed this Christmas/holiday hub, and blessings to you and your family also.


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Ericdierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Thank you for bringing me along for part of your festivities. So different from ours yet still the same. Love and family don't change depending on what side of the equator your on. All of my far flung children will be here for the 27th. Like you the day does not matter that much.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

No worries Eric, thank you for joining in. Love and family is what really matters at this time of year. The date isn't really important. It would be good if our whole clan can get together next year but time will tell.


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word55 9 months ago from Chicago

Hey John, this is all good. It makes me appreciate the birth of Christ that much more even though I don't get into the festivities. Christ is disregarded a lot at this time of the year but it's best to be jolly as opposed to fighting. Keep up the good spirits!


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes I agree Al, it is too easy for Christ to be forgotten beneath all the festivities. I try to make the most of the time with my family to share peace and love and put aside worries and stresses. We still commemorate the saviour's birth and give thanks to the Lord for all we have, though in a quiet understated way. Blessings to you.


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FlourishAnyway 9 months ago from USA

A beautiful large family including those four-legged darlings and a delightful description of your early celebration. I usually put my tree up the day after Thanksgiving.


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Chantelle Porter 9 months ago from Chicago

Another lovely installment. Merry Christmas!


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billybuc 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

Very similar to ours, John. A low key Christmas surrounded by loving family. I love it. Thanks for sharing yours with all of us, and Merry Christmas to you!


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Flourish, thank you for reading and your support to keep this series going. Much appreciated. It seems that Thanksgiving just finishes and along comes Christmas.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad you are enjoying this series Chantelle. Merry Christmas to you and yours.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Bill, it seems that our lives have a few parallels. Good to see you can relate to our simple family Christmas. Hope yous is full of love and friendship.


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bravewarrior 9 months ago from Central Florida

John, I enjoyed meeting your family and sharing your Christmas celebration with you. Love the animal Christmas video. It had me in stitches!

Merry Christmas to you and your family...and dogs...and cats...and chickens!


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ValKaras 9 months ago from Canada

What a great hub, John! Your family is obviously creating some wonderful memories about these festive days of the year. All the best to all of you!


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Buildreps 9 months ago from Europe

It looks like you had a great time with your family. Very nice Hub. I wish you a happy Christmas time for you and your family.


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Carb Diva 9 months ago

Jodah - Thank you for allowing us a glimpse of your Christmas celebration. Decorations? We use ours over and over and over again. Food? There is always too much (wait, is that possible?). Family? Unfortunately our gathering is small, but filled with love. With your large gathering, children, babies and all of your beautiful 4-footed darlings it seems you have the perfect balance--your priorities are just as they should be. Family is most important.


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lollyj lm 9 months ago from Washington KS

Thanks so much for sharing your Christmas celebration. I enjoyed reading about your family, food, and animal friends. Our Christmas will be simple but festive. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year. Loved your hub.


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Surabhi Kaura 9 months ago from Toronto, Canada

Hey! What a beautiful family, Jodah! Thank you for sharing your Christmas celebration. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. And, your grandsons are so cute... so cute - aww!! Childhood is a Golden period of life. Bless you, and wishing you and your family this festival's greetings. Merry Christmas :)


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Shauna, thanks for joining in our celebration. We did have a good time. Glad you found the animal video fun too. Merry Christmas to you.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading this hub Val and for your kind comment and festive wishes.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Buildreps, a great time was had by all. Happy Christmas too you too.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

You are right Carb Diva, family is the most important ingredient for a happy Christmas, but food comes a close second :) as I said nothing gets wasted on the Cackleberry Farm. We actually bought two Christmas food hampers from a church charity food barn this year. The money raised goes to providing free food and toys to the more needy families in the community. Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a joyous Christmas to.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for allowing me to share this with you lolly. Glad you enjoyed it and I wish you a wonderful Christmas and New Year also.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Surabhi, thanks for letting me share our Christmas celebration with you. It isn't the same without children around..they bring extra joy and excitement. Bless you too and I wish you a wonderful festive season.


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Phyllis Doyle 9 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Jodah, thank you so much for inviting us all to share a wonderful Christmas with you and your lovely family. There is a package under your tree from me to all of you - of course it is invisible and magical - it is the" Best Wishes for a Blessed Christmas" one, wrapped in love.

OMGosh, the food looks so yummy! Thanks for including the animals, too - a Merry Christmas to the critters, including the snakes.

Great article as usual.


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Phyllis Doyle 9 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Dar n - I was looking for some Aussie foul language - alas, there is none!


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for sharing Christmas with my family Phyllis and that wonderful magical gift of Christmas love. The food was too yummy and the animals all got there share believe me. Haven't seen a snake around but I guess I should check the tree in case one is disguised as tinsel :)

I appreciate your kind wishes and hope you and yours have a joyous Christmas too. P.s. I do try to avoid the "foul" language at this time of year :)


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drbj 9 months ago from south Florida

How lovely to be surrounded by those beautiful grands during the holiday season, Jodah. May you and your family and your pets enjoy your Christmas holiday. The outside animals (chickens,etc.), too.


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MsDora 9 months ago from The Caribbean

You have an abundance of family and food, Jodah--the two main ingredients for a Merry Christmas. That roasted lamb sounds delicious. The grandchildren are excellent bonuses for giving and receiving love. Merry Christmas again on the 25th!


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi drbj, yes we are blessed. Thank you for your kind wishes for Christmas. I hope you have an enjoyable holiday too.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Ms Dora, we can count ourselves rich even though we don't have much money. We always have plenty of food and the grandchildren are a blessing.


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AliciaC 9 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is another very enjoyable cackleberry hub, Jodah. Merry Christmas to you and your family.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Alicia, thank you for continuing to follow and support this series. While people are still enjoying it I will keep writing it. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas too.


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ChitrangadaSharan 9 months ago from New Delhi, India

Lovely hub and so well presented!

Thank you for sharing the pictures of your family. Festivity is in the air with happy family, cutest kids and delicious food. What else do we need for a perfect and happy celebration! God bless you and your entire lovely family.

A Merry Christmas to you!


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Chitrangada, yes we did have a wonderful family celebration this year. Thank you for the kind words and blessings. I am glad you found this hub enjoyable. Merry Christmas to you also.


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clivewilliams 9 months ago from Nibiru

Christmas lunch looks yummy....can i get an invite?


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Dlunch was delicious Clive. There was much more than in the photo too. Unfortunately it is all gone now, even the leftovers. You are most welcome to come share next year's fare.


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Larry Rankin 9 months ago from Oklahoma

Love your portraits of rural life in the Outback.

Merry Christmas!


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Larry, glad you enjoy these tales. Merry Christmas.


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annart 9 months ago from SW England

Lovely to hear about your Christmas festivities, John. Isn't it great to celebrate Christmas over a few days? We have a quiet day tomorrow but then all descend on us for the 28th; it works out easier for everyone that way and there are birthdays to fit in as well.

We have decorations that have come down the generations and I love that because it reminds me of those who are no longer with us. In fact, it means that they still play a part in our celebrations through that reminder.

A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours, John. May 2016 be happy and prosperous but most of all healthy.

Ann


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always exploring 9 months ago from Southern Illinois

I've been absent for awhile, spending time with my son Jackie and family in Ark. I enjoyed reading your hub. It's difficult for me to think of hot weather at Christmas time, although it's 60 here today, very unusual. You have a beautiful family. Merry Christmas...


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Missy Smith 9 months ago from Florida

What can I say, a sweet Cackleberry edition as always. You never fail to impress me with how well you describe everything in such great detail for all of us who stop by the farm. Lots of pictures = a whole lot of love you share!!! That's a present for all of us! This was a great way to end 2015. Merry Christmas!


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AudreyHowitt 9 months ago from California

Happy holidays John!! Thank you for sharing this look into your home with us--


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Ann, thanks for the great comment. We are celebrating our second Christmas today with another son and his family, so this has been a wonderful festive season for us. We have a few decorations that we still have from when our children went to school as well. It is good to have something to remember past loved ones by. I also wish you and your loved ones all the best for this Christmas and the New Year.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I am glad you enjoy this series Missy, especially this Christmas edition. Thank you for reading and your kind comment. Hope you are having a great Christmas and the New Year is the best yet.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

It's always a pleasure to open our home to others Audrey. Thank you for visiting the Cackleberry Farm this Christmas.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Ruby, thanks for your kind words. I hope you had a wonderful time with your son and his family in Arkansas and have a great Christmas.


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Jackie Lynnley 9 months ago from The Beautiful South

Sorry John to not show up til now but did not get a notice on this. Maybe have to stop following you and restart again to fix it; has happened before with others!

Thanks so much for sharing your family Christmas with us; that was so kind! I enjoyed it so much.

I noticed two things we have in common. One is I also have a grandson named Dylan (named after the singer) and I have a kitty who wakes me every morning jumping in my bed. I cover my head not to get clawed but she pounces on my body until I give up; however long it takes!

Merry Christmas dear friend from down under; and God bless you and your family in this new year!


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Jackie. I have noticed that there seem to be a few people I am following whose hubs I am not getting notified about also. Maybe unfollowing and following again will work. Anyway better late than never. It is a coincidence that we both have grandsons named after Bob Dylan, and the wake up cats :) I hope your family had a wonderful Christmas too. Blessings.


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mckbirdbks 9 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Merry Christmas to you John and your family. This is another fine contribution to this series. Perparing for the holidays can take a lot of time and effort. You and yours seemed to do it with such ease.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Mike, and a Merry Christmas to you. We had another wonderful day on 25th with our eldest son and his family. They had gone to a tremendous effort in preparation and it showed. For us this was wonderful family time. I hope the coming year is a happy and prosperous one for you.


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aviannovice 9 months ago from Stillwater, OK

It looks like it was a great month. Happy belated holiday from me.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

It was a great one thanks Deb.it really wasn't about spending a fortune but about getting together with family and friends and enjoying each other's company. Hope you had a great one.


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Faith Reaper 9 months ago from southern USA

Merry Christmas, John! Looks like a wonderful one was had on the Cackleberry Farm. Thank you for sharing of your joy at this blessed time of year. We didn't get our tree up early this year either. My three grandchildren came up when school was out for Christmas and so we were quite busy up until Christmas Eve when the whole family came up to celebrate Christmas. We did get the tree up before the grands arrived at least.

We all certainly have many blessings, and the best one of course is the blessing of family. I have much catching up to do here on HP being I was away a couple of weeks preparing for Christmas. My granddaughters loved helping me bake and cook for Christmas.

I love your Cackleberry Farm series and this one is special.

God bless you and yours always,

Theresa


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

It is always good to see you Theresa. Our Christmas this year was blessed. We have had a few that we had to spend alone..very sad..because the family couldn't be here, but this year was one of the best and the brandies were a delight. I am glad yours was also blessed. It is a very busy time preparing, cooking, decorating and putting the tree up, but worth it I'm sure you'd agree. I haven't had a lot of time to write either but I think I have published three hubs over the period including this one which I wasn't sure I would manage to complete. God bless you and yours and I hope you have an amazing New Year in 2016.


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Faith Reaper 9 months ago from southern USA

I just found out that my daughter-in-law is going to the hospital and will be induced in the morning. So we will have another precious grandson tomorrow! Now that is certainly a blessing from above.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Wow, congratulations in advance Theresa. Keep us posted.


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deepaliawasare 9 months ago from Vadodara

got a peek into your Christmas celebrations Jodah, celebrated with joy among family and friends .. even the four legged ones! .... We celebrate Diwali in India ...in a similar manner .. in October ... all the preparations done in advance.. opening the box for the stored away decorations and a multitude of earthen lamps.... lots of sweets and savories prepared at home...after opening recipe books and endless calls to mom..... and the joy when family members start arriving one by one..... its the same ..whether Diwali or Christmas.. in Australia or India ... i guess .basically ...the people and the values are the same ....


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and your interesting comment Deepali. Ye s, I think people and celebrations around the world are very similar...different name, and dates.....but basically the same. Glad you enjoyed reading about my Christmas.


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DDE 9 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hi Jodah! You write from the heart with such a great message here. The family photos top it all. So beautiful! A Happy New Year to you.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Such kind words Devika. It is always good to hear you enjoy my hubs. I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year as well.


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ValKaras 9 months ago from Canada

Hi, John! May all your wishes for 2016 come true - with lots of health, joy, and success for you and your family. Happy New Year!


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pagesvoice 9 months ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

I thoroughly enjoyed your post. Now I understand what you meant when you mentioned we have a lot in common. Good food, family and wonderful decorations all add to the flavor of a thankful season. Happy New Year!


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Val, I wish the same for you and yours.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading this Christmas hub Dennis, glad you enjoyed it. Happy New Year to you also.


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savvydating 8 months ago

Now that is what Christmas is all about---family, food, and fun, not to mention Christ. And those grand babies are way too cute! It was very generous of you to share your family pictures. All of us enjoy them so much.

May the coming New Year be everything you wish for.


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Jodah 8 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Savvy. I was a wonderful Christmas. I hope yours was too and that your 2016 is the best yet.


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lawrence01 8 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

John

Good to see that everything went well for Christmas and as you can see, some of us dudn't get to some hubs until well after the holidays!

Happy new year

Lawrence


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Jodah 8 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes it's a busy time over Christmas so I understand it's hard to keep up with reading I have been on a roll since then churning about three or four hubs. This will probably slow down soon. Happy New Year Lawrence.

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