Christmas canít come soon enough for cattle country

In a year like this, traditional norms no longer apply, it seems.


Burt Rutherford, BEEF Magazine

Nov 18, 2020


A colleague, commenting on an event that was appropriate for a year like this, dubbed it, ďJust another 2020 moment.Ē


Indeed, it seems that everything is amplified this year, especially the things that can bring you down. Perhaps thatís the reason folks in my neighborhood are already stringing Christmas lights. Not to be outdone, my wife enlisted the grandkids to help string some lights along the front fence.


Prior to that, she suggested that weóthat would be the singular we, meaning meóbring the small artificial Christmas tree in from the garage. Thatís the tree she puts in the grandkidsí room.


ďWeĒ suggested that itís normal for us to not give Christmas a nod until after Thanksgiving. The other ďweĒ suggested that after I find the tree and lights, I fetch the extension cords and mind my own business.


Indeed, in a year like this, traditional norms no longer apply, it seems.


I suspect thatís the reason Christmas lights are appearing much earlier than usual. Folks are searching for any ray of hope in a year unlike no other. That ray of hope is what Christmas is all about and the bright lights of the season bring that into clear focus.


But as we look forward to the end of year we want to forget but will always remember, letís not look past the significance of Thanksgiving. Ours will be small, just our kids and grandkids rather than the extended family that usually gathers for the Thanksgiving meal.


Thatís because of the rising number of COVID cases and the stateís suggestion that everyone limit the size of gatherings. Given the political climate we endure, itís easy to be skeptical of just about everything, including the growing number of COVID cases we hear about.


Furthermore, what goes on inside my house is nobodyís business, especially the governmentís. But we think itís wise to be cautious, so Thanksgiving this year will be just another 2020 moment.


I spent a couple weeks in North Dakota recently and noticed that a lot of folks there didnít wear masks. Then I get a report that indicates North and South Dakota have the greatest number of COVID cases per capita in the country...