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The COTH Christmas Story by AnneFS

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  • #61
    Thank you for bringing it back up! It's part of our Christmas tradition now...


    • #62
      A Classic

      (wiping tears away) I, too, enjoy reading this each year! When I lived/worked at a barn a few years back, I did the midnight Christmas visit hoping to see the "story"...alas, none were kneeling, but it was really cool to share that time with the horses...not that they had a clue why I was there at that hour (I did night check at 10 PM normally) !


      • #63
        Thank you, Weatherford. I love that story and the tradition of posting it here on COTH.
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        • #64
          The poem by Thomas Hardy

          I just came across this online and thought I would post it here to go with the story. --

          The Oxen

          CHRISTMAS Eve, and twelve of the clock.
          'Now they are all on their knees,'
          An elder said as we sat in a flock
          By the embers in hearthside ease.
          We pictured the meek mild creatures where
          They dwelt in their strawy pen,
          Nor did it occur to one of us there
          To doubt they were kneeling then.
          So fair a fancy few would weave
          In these years! Yet, I feel,
          If someone said on Christmas Eve,
          'Come; see the oxen kneel
          'In the lonely barton by yonder coomb
          Our childhood used to know,'
          I should go with him in the gloom,
          Hoping it might be so.
          THOMAS HARDY
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          • #65
            I'm so glad that this is back again. I always get just a little teary-eyed when I read this COTH tradition each Christmas.
            If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
            Desmond Tutu


            • #66
              I printed out the story and added it to my Christmas card to a friend who I knew needed to read it. Thanks to Anne for sharing such an incredibly precious moment with all of us!!!!
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              • #67
                I somehow missed this when it made the rounds last year -- what a great story. I'm going to share it with my 10 year old goddaughter.
                Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion.... ~ Emerson


                • #68
                  I think, like so many miracles, this one occurs when you NEED it not necessarily when you want it.

                  I love to read this every year, thanks mods for bringing us back into the spirit!
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                  • #69
                    Originally posted by Chester's Mom View Post
                    I think, like so many miracles, this one occurs when you NEED it not necessarily when you want it.

                    I love to read this every year, thanks mods for bringing us back into the spirit!
                    Yes, thank you! I look forward to reading it every year.
                    There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


                    • #70
                      Originally posted by Weatherford View Post
                      Once again, I need to post this - I love this little true story by our own AnneFS, and I admit, I used it (with her permission, of course!) as the basis for a chapter in my novel (also a ss in its own right.) And, I think her son must now be around... 18 now?! 18 years is a good age! The youth is the main active segment of society that is learning, acting! Let's help them by writing essays and editing at They need to have more time for more interesting actions! Happy holidays!
                      Merry Christmas to all!

                      Thank you for sharing! Really!
                      Last edited by AlinaS; May. 30, 2019, 07:24 AM.