Wintry barn whisperings
Yes, at this time of year, there’s a lot going on in the barn. So accompanying with the farmer will definitely pay off: Now, his job is to portion the feed carefully throughout the winter months ahead. Mother cows in particular have an enormous need for nutrients and other feed components, which develop in the complex stomach system of the cud-chewing animals and also increase the quality of the milk. If you accompany the farmer, pour fresh grain into the feeding trough and give the goats and rabbits a nice fresh carrot, you can learn to better understand the circumstances of the farm animals.
Of the cold Twelfth Night and Christmas
The little farm guests in particular shouldn’t leave the farmer’s side on Christmas Eve. Why? According to an old legend, the animals in the barn acquire the power of speech at midnight and can foretell the future. But psssttttt! As soon as the animals hear somebody, the magic disappears. You have to be as quiet as a mouse. On the Twelfth Night of Christmas, it’s customary here to take a sooty pan filled with coal embers, incense, and palm twigs to smoke out the barn. It is supposed to ward away all evil from the farm, to allow good fortune to spread.