Mad Jack Hanks: Tales from the O-NO Ranch 12-19-11 | TheFencePost.com

Mad Jack Hanks: Tales from the O-NO Ranch 12-19-11

Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

I don’t recall too many Christmas cards that show city or urban Christmas themes. Usually the card features some Christmas wintery like theme that has a country setting. Why is that we ask? Well, gentle readers, let me give you my take on that.

I sort of have to believe that Christmas cards are mostly nostalgic to remind us of days gone by when times were more simple to navigate. We see a horse drawn buggy going down a snow covered road leading to a big white farm house with all of the lights on in the house shining out over the snow covered ground. It gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling to know that when they get out of that buggy and in the house they will enjoy a warm fire, hot cider and good conversation.

Sounds like a good recipe to me. One of my great enjoyments is to have a country Christmas right here at the O-NO Ranch. This year the kids will be elsewhere and I may or may not be able to sit at their table or watch them undress their Christmas tree. Just the same, being able to enjoy the holiday season in the country without benefit of family will still warm my heart.

At present there are about 60 antelope across the road picking their way through the winter grasses seemingly at peace with the world. An hour earlier as I went out to unplug the heater on the water tank in the corral, I heard coyotes down on the creek making themselves known to me and all that could hear them. It’s just part of the country setting that brings a certain peace to my soul. As I think about it, the Christ child was born in the city but as you all know, he was born in a stable full of animals. So I reckon that makes his birth place somewhat country.

For all of you faithful readers, I do wish you a happy, joyful holiday season and of course a very Merry Christmas. For those of you who are lucky to live in the country and have the sights, sounds and smells of a country Christmas, count your blessings.

Please remember our troops who are away from their families this Christmas and may they all be home with their families as soon as time allows.

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God bless y’all, all y’all, stay tuned and check yer cinch on occasion! C ya.