Friday, December 24, 2010

Moooooy Christmas !


Moooooy Christmas !

This is our Christmas card this year. It’s from a painting by Tim Knepp titled “Ho, Ho, Holstein.”

I couldn’t resist it. It just looked so “North Carolinian” with the cow in the snow in front of a red barn. Here in the mountains, farms with cows and red barns are still the norm. Everyday farmers can be seen driving their tractors along on our winding roads to bring bales of hay to their cows. Yesterday morning we saw a new baby cow nestled between two big cows eating hay for breakfast. It’s been bitter cold here and that baby is one smart little cow.  He’s already figured out how to keep warm.

Some interesting tidbits about Holstein cows:

One of the oldest dairy breeds, the Holstein’s development began almost 200 years ago when people of the Netherlands began selectively breeding the cow for its efficient use of their land’s most abundant resource, grass. The Holstein is long valued in Europe as a high yielding milk cow. American farmers, eager to meet the growing demands for milk products, looked to the Holstein. The first cow arrived in American in 1825. Today the splash black and white Holstein dominates the dairy industry and is valued for its generic superiority.  

Ho, Ho, Holstein.
Meakin and I wish you a very merry Christmas filled with wonderful food, family and friends. Happy holidays to you and your family. Be good 'cause Santa Claus comes tonight.

Sam & Meakin

34 comments:

  1. Oh, I love this card! It is awesome. I'd like to own the original... ;-P

    Merry Christmas, dear!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Cute photo! Wishing you & your family a very Merry Christmas too. Hope you're all having marvellous evening and enjoy the night. May god bless you all.
    Best wishes, Kristy ((hugs))

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  3. Sam We must be in a parallel universe for as I am reading about Holsteins I get a comment from you...HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and Meakin - I hope you have much joy this holiday season and in the coming year, your friend Christo.

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  4. Love this card! Merry Christmas Sam and Meakin.

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  5. While most of the dairys around here have closed there are still a couple of big Holstein herds nearby. I really like the card. Bev and I wish you and Meakin a very Merry Christmas.

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  6. What a great card, Sam. Christmas best wishes and blessings to you and Meakin.

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  7. Enjoy your NC Christmas. Love your card. We are glad to be here for the holidays too. Merry Christmas Sam and Meakin.

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  8. Love the card! We wanted to be sure and wish you and Meakin a joyous and blessed Christmas, and say thank you for being a part of our 2010.

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  9. Oh how I LOVE that card! How can we not adore the cow!?

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! Can't wait to see what you have in store for us in 2011!

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  10. What a lovely holiday card! (I just posted a holiday card of a different ilk over at my place, designed by a colleague of my dad's who always makes me laugh.) Wishing you and Meakin a warm and delicious Christmas!

    Best,
    eggy

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  11. The card is great, I love it!!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  12. Very Cute Card! You all have a wonderful Christmas too!

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  13. Moooooy Christmas to you and Meakin! And Happy New Year too.

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  14. Happy holidays Sam! I wish you many blessing in the new year!

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  15. Love the card Sam. I'm making your ham glaze tomorrow and know my friends will enjoy it. Wishing you and Meakin a very Merry Christmas.

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  16. What a great picture!

    Merry Christmas to you and Meakin, Sam!

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  17. Sam!

    I've been gone so long I feel like I'm Rip Van Winkle! ;-)

    I've been sick among other things, all explained on my blog, but I wanted to be sure and wish you and
    Meakin the Merriest of Christmases!

    Love to you...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  18. Merry Christmas Sam & Meakin and best wishes for a healthy happy New Year! I love the card too:)

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  19. I just stopped by to wish you a Merry Christmas. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Blessings...Mary

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  20. Merry Christmas,Sam and Meakin,
    I love the card with the Holstein.
    I grew up on a dairy farm and, a few times, I milked some of those Holsteins. Big cows and good milkers.

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  21. Love your card!!! Merry Christmas & thank you for being so kind to my little blog - it means the world!

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  22. Sam, I love your card. So adorable. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas. Enjoyed meeting you at Penny's this year. Love & blessings from NC!

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  23. Best wishes to you and your family.
    Rita

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  24. Love it!

    All the best to you and Meakin in 2011.

    Regards,
    Joan

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  25. I wish you and your family a very merry Christams,buon Natale, Flavia

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  26. Thanks for the holiday wishes! Same to you and yours and thanks for the great card!

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  27. My brother and I have a "thing" in which we buy each other the most ridiculous cow related items that we can find each year for Christmas. This year, our Christmas card to him was a picture of a young cow saying "All I want for Christmas is my two front teats".

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  28. Merry merry merry Christmas (albeit belated) Sam! Hope your day was filled to the brim with delicious food, great company and lots of laughter! We ate turkey, gammon, chicken and ham here in South Africa - despite the heat! Have leftovers for days! Linda x

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  29. I love this welcoming, happy holiday card. My father was a cow-lover - he had worked developing medicines for them years ago. We used to tease him as he was born and bred in Manhattan and just had an affinity for cows.

    I hope you had the merriest of Christmases, Sam! (I made your/Ina's roasted chicken breasts with carrots a few days ago - success!)

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  30. I love this beautiful card! Hope you're enjoying this holiday season! Happy holidays! ♥

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  31. Merry Christmas, Sam and Happy Boxing Day! I fear you may be completely snowed in, as we are now. Santa brought us quite a storm, and as I write this, the lights just flickered. Let's hope the power holds. Hope you have a happy and healthy 2011!

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  32. What a great card, Sam, thanks for sharing with us! I hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas!

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