I love Christmas! For us, it seems like we are always just go-go-go on the ranch, and really rarely get a chance to just chill out and do nothing. I’m sure everyone else is the same way. If you’re a full time rancher, there’s always work to be done. If you’re like me and have a day job in town, you probably get a few days off before and after Christmas. During these days, I love to just kick back on the ranch and enjoy the simpler things in life, like……
Homemade Breakfasts: My dad is a great cook. I bet Brahman people didn’t know that! When I was growing up, he cooked breakfast every day for Catherine and me before we went to school. And we got real breakfasts too…like biscuits, eggs, pancakes, oatmeal, etc. Not any of this Pop-Tart stuff. He would put our glasses of milk or juice in the freezer for a little while, and then when we got up, our milk would be kinda frozen. We had the best life growing up, because we had two parents that loved us and gave us a great childhood.
So last year, Catherine and I asked for a special Christmas treat of a special Dad breakfast. We were so excited when he agreed to do it, and man he really did it right! We had french toast, eggs, bacon, biscuits, the works. I’m really looking forward to that again this year! I love my dad!
Ranch Chores: During the holidays, everyone on the ranch gets time off, so those of us left at the ranch really slow down the pace and just kinda do a minimal check on things and feeding. So it seems like during the holidays we tend to take extra time on the chores and have fun. We love riding around and checking the baby calves. Or feeding the cows together as a family. Or, even putting out hay together as a family. We take a little extra time and laugh, joke, and take the time to really be thankful for the land and cattle we have the opportunity to take care of.
Family Fun: During normal times of the year, honestly we don’t do many things that don’t revolve around cattle in some form or fashion. We don’t take family vacations unless it’s to a show, and that really doesn’t count. My mom and dad really never get a date night by themselves. But for these few days, this is our time of year to get to do all those little things. Usually we hit a movie, which we all love. We also play board games. We love this little game called Rumikub, and we also like board games like Scattegories or Catch Phrase. This year, I got a new board game that’s called Songburst that’s kinda like a name that tune game. I can’t wait to play it, because the Williams’ know about music. Last year, during a game of Outburst, a member of my family actually laughed so hard they wet their pants. I’m not going to say who.
Christmas Treats: I have four words for you: SHIRLEY WATTS TEXAS TRASH. Aunt Shirley makes the BEST trash in the world. Every year, we are lucky to be on her Christmas gift list and we get a container of her trash. Usually it’s devoured in less than a week. Last year, someone actually HID the trash so they could eat it themselves. Of course, we love this time to make and share other Christmas treats. Maybe it’s a rum cake from Janet Daniel, or a German Chocolate cake from our old herdsman Russell McDade’s family. Catherine usually makes a few delicious desserts herself, and my mom and Catherine and Luke make a great Christmas lunch.
Christmas Cards: At my mom’s house, they keep the holiday cards in one big basket. Every time I go to their house, I love to see the new cards that usually have pictures and news from our Brahman friends. I love it! Then we usually take time to put all of the photo cards on our fridge, so we can see our Brahman friends photos year round.
As I’ve said many times, I have the best life I could ever imagine. I love my job, and I love doing the work that I do where I get to work with ranchers every day. But at the end of the day, there’s nothing better than coming home and seeing those big, beautiful Brahmans in the pasture. I sit on my porch, enjoy a Diet Dr. Pepper, and think…I’m so thankful God has blessed me the way he has. Man….I’ve got it good! I just hope that every blog reader has these same great memories during their Christmas, and I wish you the BEST HOLIDAY ever in 2009!