Why Santa Claus Could Have Been A Farmer

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 2:09pm

Caroline Lewallen

Jaemor Farms

In the spirit of Christmas, I thought it may be fun to look into the similarities of Santa Claus and farmers. After reading several blogs and posts online, below are the top eight comparisons of our farming family members and the Man in the Big Red Suit.

  1. Bad weather? No problem! - Whether Santa prefers cold weather, I'm not sure. However, he always gets in his day's work. Same for our family at the farm. Hot or cold, rain or shine, farm work goes on.
  2. Good boots are a must-need - A long day's work in all types of weather, Santa (and farmers) needs the best foot gear.
  3. Works all year to provide products for all - Giving. Santa's focus isn't on himself. He works to make the world a better place. Likewise, farmers work to feed us all.
  4. Great women in the loop (& great cooks) - Mrs. Claus is a true partner in the operation. Managing the office, elves and business books, she can do it all. Without the help of farm wives, women and others, family farms certainly wouldn't be where they are today.
  5. Long hours - Sleep is something that can always come later when there is a job to be done. At the farm, little sleep occurs during peach blossom time in the spring, when a late frost can run the risk of losing an entire peach crop.
  6. Loves children - Kids find incredible excitement in a visit with Santa Claus. It is our hope that children love a trip to our farm, may it be on a field trip, a visit to the corn maze and/or a walk through our farm market. Not to mention there are lots of children in our farm family!
  7. Red & green are favorite colors - Santa knows how to get by with the same equipment season after season. Throw a little orange in the mix, and the same goes for us!
  8. Doesn't stay in one place for very long - The big man in red covers a lot of ground in a hurry when the pressure is on. Same can be said for our family during harvest season. When produce is ready to be picked, we must move quickly.

Could Santa have been a farmer in another life? We don't know for sure, but we do know he has all the qualifications! 'Tis the season, y'all. As the years fly by, the holidays seem to get busier and busier. Our family is looking forward to spending a few days away from the farm markets to celebrate the birth of our savior. We would like to wish you and your family a very, merry Christmas!

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Caroline Lewallen is the farm education and agritourism coordinator at Jaemor Farms in Georgia. Jaemor Farms is a family owned and operated produce farm and farm market in Alto, Ga. They are located about an hour north of Atlanta - and are members of Georgia Farm Bureau and the GFB Certified Farm Market Program.Visit http://www.jaemorfarms.com/ to learn more about the farm.

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