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Christmas on the Farm

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This year I received more feedback then I have in years.  Our display is out of town (on the farm) and usually 10 cars parked at any time.  That is enough for me to feel appreciated.

 

This year I had several direct thank yous.  Several people in town and at the display told us how visiting our farm (at the road) is their family tradition.  One individual pointed out that "you have changed our whole Christmas season".  Their children require a drive out to the farm every other night.  Another came up to the door and offered to pay for watching the show saying "I went to the Baptists living Christmas tree tonight and paid $10 for my seat, I had a better time at your display so I want to pay you more".  Also, had Santa come buy this year to drive a tractor out and meet the kids.  The kids (and parents) wanted pictures with me as well and that felt good.  My dad has a new caregiver, her first week she called for someone to give her a ride home and I overheard her say "I'm at the Christmas light house" and the car showed up with out any other directions needed.

 

The best was the county road supervisor; I called in to the county pothole hotline to make a report.  The supervisor happened to answer and he said, "Oh, we like to keep that street in shape because of the guy with the great Christmas display.  Do you live by that place? "  I said yah I live so close I have to pay the electric bill.

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