5 Christmas Photography Tips

Keeping Chickens Warm during the Winter

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One question that I see frequently popping up on poultry forums is, how can chicken keepers keep their hens warm during the winter? Surprisingly, chickens can handle cold weather better then warm weather, but there are still some things that we can do to keep our flocks happy and warm this winter. Here are some of my tips for keeping chickens warm during the winter!

Keeping Chickens Warm during the Winter- Chickens can handle cold weather pretty well, but there are some things that you can do to help them conserve heat this winter!

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5 Christmas Photography Tips

20 Gift Ideas for Chicken Lovers

With Christmas fast approaching you might be thinking about the people you need to find gifts for.  I love finding that perfect gift, but it’s not always easy.  And most (but not all) of the ideas won’t break the bank.  🙂 To help you, though, I have compiled 20 amazing items for every chicken lover in your life. Who knows, maybe you will find something to add to your wish list as well!

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5 Christmas Photography Tips

Paleo Sugar Cookies- nut free

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It’s already December! Which means it’s  time to get our holiday cheer on! December is probably my favorite month. I love everything about it: the snow, decorating, family gatherings, warm fires, hot cocoa, and of course, baking! It’s time to pull out those holiday recipes and even try some new ones! One of my favorite things to bake are these Paleo Sugar Cookies!

Paleo Sugar Cookies- These paleo sugar cookies are grain-free, gluten-free, nut free and taste delicious!

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Thanksgiving Pie Recipe Roundup

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I figured what better way to start off the week then with a Thanksgiving pie recipe roundup! One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is the traditional line up of different pies at my family gathering. I also love putting my pie making skills to use and making a pie to contribute to the pie line!

Thanksgiving Pie Recipe Roundup- Choose from 10 different delicous looking pies ranging from gluten-free to grain-free to dairy free!

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5 Christmas Photography Tips

Merry CHRISTmas!!

Its that time of year again! My favorite time by the way. Where lights are hung all over, we bring trees into our homes, have crazy wonderful family gatherings, and give (and receive) presents. But is that really what Christmas is about? Is it just a busy time of year where we  give (and receive) gifts and go looking for the “perfect Christmas tree”?

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O Christmas Tree

Many people either have their trees already set up or are planning on getting one soon. My family has a fake tree that we set up because I am allergic to real trees. We used to get real trees but we could only keep them up for a few days. It has become tradition, since we got our fake tree, to set it up the day after Thanksgiving. I love decorating it and taking pictures of it.

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Christmas trees have become a regular tradition in most of America, but most people have no idea how long it has been around or how it began.

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In the early ages people would hang evergreen branches above their windows and doors. They thought that those branches would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness. In the northern hemisphere, the people believed that the sun was a god. They believed that the dark days leading up to winter solstice happened because their sun god got very sick. They celebrated winter solstice by hanging evergreen branches around their houses, because that meant that their god was getting better and the evergreens reminded them of all the green things that were to grow. Both the Egyptian’s and the Roman’s have been documented to do similar things.

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Germany is credited with having started the Christmas tree tradition. Devout Christians would bring an evergreen tree into their homes and decorate it with wood and candles. In the Middle Ages, Christmas Eve was also celebrated as the Feast Day of Adam and Eve. Churches would put on plays and use an evergreen tree decorated with fruit as a prop for the plays. In America, the first documented Christmas tree was set up by the Pennsylvania Germans in 1747. The first real revolution of Christmas trees came in 1846 when Queen Victoria, Prince Albert (who was German) and their kids were pictured standing around a decorated tree. What was done in the Royal Palace immediately became a new fashion.

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Christmas Tree Fast Facts:

Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states.

In 2002, 21% of U.S. households had a real tree, 48% of the households had artificial trees, and 32% had no trees.

Around 34-36 million Christmas trees are produced each year.

Over 1 million acres has been planted with Christmas trees.

Out of the 2,000 trees planted in 1 acre, only 1,000-1,500 survive.

All real Christmas trees require shearing to obtain their ‘Christmas tree’ shape.

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So now, enjoy your Christmas tree and have a great weekend!

Alexa