The Coop at Christmas

It’s my favourite day of the year.  Christmas Eve Eve.  You still have all the excitement and anticipation of Christmas without the pressure of the Christmas Eve party and the sinking feeling that comes at the end of Christmas Day.  My life has been made slightly better by the fact that I’ve decorated my chicken coop for Christmas.  It will stay decorated until after New Years.

So Christmas Eve Eve it is!  The most wonderful day of the year.

I plan to take things a little bit easy today.  I have a few things to get ready for my annual Christmas Eve party, but it’s only family so it’s not like I’m out to impress anyone.  I just want to have a warm, comfortable night where none of the adults leave crying.

I’m going to knit a little, drink some Eggnog and see if I can’t start to like wine or any other alcoholic beverage for that matter.  I used to like Cognac.  I used to have class.  Now I like Diet Coke out of the can and sometimes I suck water out of the tap.

Of course I’ll spend a small portion of the day with the chickens.  I wander out to check on them several times a day, usually when I take my coffee break, so I expect today won’t be any different.  I’ll put on my parka, pull on my Bogs and wander outside to see if there are any eggs.  Then what I typically do is go inside the run, squat down and have a little chat with the chickens.  Yes.  Yes I really do.  I can’t tell you how many times people have come wandering into my backyard to find me sitting in the run with Cuddles, the friendly chicken, in my lap, sleeping.  The chicken is sleeping.  I am not.  You can never let your guard down that much in an enclosed area with animals that can’t tell the difference between a grape and your eyeball.

If you don’t care about seeing a chicken coop all dolled up for Christmas (gasp) you can take a look at my house decorated for Christmas over the past several years.

So in an effort to make us feel like we’re spending a bit of this, my favourite holiday, Christmas Eve Eve, together, I have for you my final post until the New Year.



Chicken Coop Decorated for Christmas

Update:  These original lanterns on my coop have since been replaced with black, matte lanterns very similar to these.

Chicken Coop Decorated for Christmas

Chicken Coop Decorated for Christmas

Chicken Coop Decorated for Christmas

Chicken Coop Decorated for Christmas

Chicken Coop Decorated for Christmas


Chicken Coop Decorated for Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone.



  1. Ginny says:

    And my fella thinks I’m weird because he gets presents from our cats! Love how you decorated the coop to go along with the rest of your yard. Those are some lucky chickens! Hope you, your fella and all of your family have a wonderful Christmas! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the new year!

  2. Thera says:

    I rarely drink either, but I did grab a bottle of Bailey’s. I add it to General Mills Swiss Mocha coffee, (prepared by personal preference with milk and/or sugar) and topped with whip cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a maraschino cherry! The Coop looks amazing, love your posts and blog, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  3. Merry Christmas, Karen! I must tell you that I did your whole ‘get all the work done by December 4th pledge” thingy and I thought I got it all done but I learned an important lesson…when you have 3 kids…nothing is ever “done” in December. I think I am still stressed as ever. And still running around trying to get more done (cooking, baking and getting the table ready for Christmas dinner and such). PLUS…the husband decides on some last minute shopping and wants ME to wrap!

  4. Tabitha says:

    I love that it’s decorated! So cute!

  5. Melissa says:

    Karen, I’m only a recent disciple- er, I mean follower of your blog, but I’ve enjoyed your posts. Per the inclination of others today, I am going to wish you and the fella (and your respective loved ones) a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. And damn! chickens never had it so good!!! Cheers!

  6. Mindy says:

    Christmas Eve Eve is my birthday. Which means today is my birthday. Which means you’re celebrating my birthday as the best day of the Christmas holiday. Thanks for taking the time to care. :o)
    If I wasn’t knocked up, I’d drink your portion of wine that you don’t like at my KID-FREE (can you feel my excitement) dinner out with The Dad.
    Merry Christmas Eve Eve!

  7. Julie shinnick says:

    Yep there is nothing like talking to the chickens. My Grandad had around 20 at one stage and I would be found in there talking to them for hours….much more entertaining than listening to the adults…..
    Merry Christmas to all!

  8. Shauna says:

    You must clean your backyard patio daily! I clean my patio and within an hour, my chickens have already pooped all over the place and scratched up lots of dirt onto it. I would be afraid to take a picture of my patio right now;) Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

    • Karen says:

      Well … if you were taking a *picture* of your backyard you’d probably clean up a bit first. Besides, they weren’t out long so they didn’t make too much of a mess. (I do clean up after them frequently though) ~ karen!

  9. Karen C says:

    Merry Christmas Karen
    I love the festive coop, and you are not the only one talking to animals. I can be found talking to my squirrels as I am feeding them. And I also only drink diet coke. I guess we have a few things in common. Like our name, and our mothers use to work on the switch board!-anyhow will look forward to your blog in the new year.

  10. Kasia says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Karen! Like many of your readers, your blog is at the top of my to-do list each day. Thanks for that! :)

  11. Lucy says:

    What lucky ducks…er, chickens. I just hope they won’t be traumatized like I was every year when all the lights and decorations had to come down and be put away. Happiest of holidays to you and the entire family. We’ve heard stories of some of them. This should be a good opportunity to get a few more.

  12. Susan says:

    Your house and coop look elegant and festive. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, the fella, Betty, your sister, your niece, your neighbors and the chickens. Thank you for all the laughs and wonderful crafts, recipes and advice over the past year!

  13. Nancy says:

    Merry Christmas to you Karen, the fella, the pie Nazi, Betty, the girls and of course the kitties..Thanks to all of you for the many laughs that you have given us this year..we look forward to the next one..enjoy your well deserved vacation..we will miss you..Hugs..Nancy

  14. Barbie says:

    Have a wonderful Christmas Karen! I will miss reading your blog every morning! (until after the new year I mean) I just love you! I’m pretty darn sure that if we were in the same town we’d be the best of friends! We have soooo much in common! From preferring chips to chocolate and the non like of wine and such! LOL (just never developed a taste for it) and believe me I’ve tried. It looks so good when others drink it! And I LOVE that you sit with your sweet chicken Cuddles while she sleeps! Something I would probably do if I had chickens. Thanks for all the inspiration you give me daily! I hope you have the best ever Christmas Eve Eve!

  15. Cindy Marlow says:

    Warmest wishes on this great day of Christmas Eve Eve. I want to thank you for bringing such joy and merriment to my holiday. I can’t remember when I have looked forward to seeing all the marvelous things you did to prepare for the blessed day. You are greatly appreciated (and anticipated) and I hope that this year the Christmas Day let-down is less than usual.

  16. Susan says:

    I’m happy to see you let your girls out of the coop to forage and stretch. I used to sit with my girls too (a stoopid mink slunk in and kilt them all years ago; I need a new coop). I LOVE chickens!

    Have a Merry Christmas and wonderful new year. Thank you for all the smiles you have brought me this year. XOXO

    • Karen says:

      Susan – I used to let them out for hours and hours. All day, if I was out there with them. Too much poop and mess. So they’re in the run with 1/2 hour jaunts outside every few days. Gonna figure something out for the spring that’s a reasonable compromise for both of us. :) ~ karen

  17. SK Farm Girl says:

    Merry Christmas to the Fella, the chickens and, of course, you Karen! May the season be warming to the heart, filled with family and friends and oodles of love! Glad you are taking some time off from your blog, but how will I live without my “crack candy”? LOL! To my fellow bloggers, I wish you too a wonderful holiday season – Peace and Love to all!
    PS: Karen the eggnogg with Irish Cream is trully delightful and almost as grown-up as Cognac! Cheers to all and to all a good night!

  18. Celia says:

    WOW!!! Like, that’s the sexiest chicken coop I’ve ever seen! Love the grey colour (my fave colour of the moment). It’s like a fancy club. The chickens look really healthy…and obviously well-loved!

    BTW, where did you get those tall plant pots? Want those.

  19. Bobbi says:


    Wishing you and yours the merriest of Christmases and the happiest New Year ever !!

    You bring joy to my life everyday and I can’t wait to see what our new year brings…..

    Your blog is the first thing I read everyday before my email…….gives me a smile and giggle to start my day….and sometimes I am inspired to do something you have suggested……..mostly, though, I am a lurker.

  20. Brie says:

    Merry Christmas Karen! To the fella, chickens, and kitties as well! Thank you so much for the entertainment this past year. I’m currently reviewing plans for our new coop…Seeing yours over and over is making me a bit envious of your design capabilities….. I think I may be crushing a bit. Kidding. Maybe. Anyway, have a wonderful holiday and I hope the party goes well.

  21. Ruth says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  22. cred says:

    The coop looks lovely~ I’ve been wanting to make a swag like that for my door for the last 5 days (from our christmas tree trimmings) and I still haven’t got to it. And there you have 2, for your chickens. Puts me to shame.

    Looks fantastic~ hope your Christmas is just as lovely as your festive home.

  23. kelliblue says:

    Merry Merry Christmas Karen…and to your fella, the fella’s father, and your flock! :)

    Your chicken coop is gorgeous, and definitely looks more festive than my entire house. Hmpf.

  24. Kim says:

    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and I will be counting the days til your next post!

  25. Cheryl in Wisconsin says:

    Your family is very lucky to have such a wonderful atmosphere to relax in. Your chickens have grown to be beautiful, majestic beings. You must be so proud of them. I noticed your absence of snow, we don’t have any here right now either. I look forward to photos of the chickens in snow (once/if we get some).
    Have a great holiday.

  26. Mickey says:

    The chicken coop is absolutely beautiful!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours and to all who visit your website.

  27. Ann says:

    Merry Christmas back at ya. My chickens say cluck, cluck, cluck and why is our coop not all decorated like Cuddles is? Maybe that is why their egg laying has slowed way down. It is simply not festive enough for them out there.

  28. Leslie says:

    Looks amazing – great job!! Country Boy wants to know if KFC stands for Karen’s Fried Chicken??

  29. Katharine says:

    When I was a kid we used to call this day Christmas Adam. Because, you know, Adam came before Eve.

  30. Betsy says:

    Merry Merry Christmas Karen! I hope you remind your cluckleheads everyday how lucky they are to have you….Betsy

  31. mimiindublin says:

    Merry Christmas to you, the Fella and the Flock!
    I pictured you asleep in the coop! before I read on..

  32. Langela says:

    Merry Christmas to you, too, Karen! I love your decorations. BTW, I talk to my “girls” all the time. When they are out in the yard and they hear my voice, they all flock to my and follow me around like I’m the pied piper. Chickens are awesome!

  33. Lorraine Dean says:

    Thanks for all the belly laughs Karen.
    Have a great Christmas.

  34. Jane says:

    Your house looks lovely, but I look at it and all I can think of is how much work it’s going to be to take it down, pack it up, and store it away. Then repeat. Mind you Karen, if that garbage bag table runner should happen to get lost at the same time, I wouldn’t be too sad. In fact I might be relieved. Happy Christmas to you and yours from Sunny Southern Manitoba.

  35. Kris says:

    Just so you know – my kids call today “Christmas Adam.” Have a wonderful Christmas!

  36. Monica says:

    Thanks for a wonderful year,Karen. Your blog is one of my favorites and makes me laugh every time. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Enjoy!

  37. Gloria says:

    Those are some uptown chickens…..

    Merry Christmas Karen!!!!

  38. Susan says:

    Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year to you, Karen and your Fella. And of course to your barnyard of cats, chickens, fish, squirrels and the odd chipmunk thrown in! You’re coop is just as festive as your house and those are lucky chickens! I am going to go eat a nanaimo now and savour every bite! Then I am going to sit back and read thru your posts from this past year and laugh, giggle and ooo and awww all over again. Thank you for all the wonderful entertainment ! Love Suexo

  39. marilyn says:

    lucky chickens karen, great looking coop. i talk to my cat STELLA all the time..great way to vent w/o anyone talking back. no wonder my eggs tasted so great your chickens live in shangri la ! till next year then..MERRY CHRISTMAS

  40. Jen says:

    Merry Christmas to you and the fella. Hope it is peaceful and bright. Can’t for next year’s post. :) xo

  41. Lori says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful laughs.!!
    Hoping you and your have a great Merry Christmas and a Happy New year,

  42. deanna says:

    I just happened to find your site a few months ago and really look forward to reading it as soon as I tap into my e-mails! Silly how it now seems like you’re a friend I just haven’t seen in a while! Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas – and give the fella and your beautiful chickens some extra love.

  43. Robyn says:

    Merry Christmas Karen!

    Your chickens sure are lucky to have an owner like you – the coop is looking very festive indeed.

  44. deborah says:

    Now that’s a swanky abode!

  45. Sheri says:

    Merry Christmas!! Great last post of the year. Love that you talk to the birds. I get hassled all the time for how I talk to the animals no matter what breed they are. Once had this beautiful pheasant show up in my backyard. We “talked” for ages until perhaps I said something that disturbed him cuz off he went. I was sad!! Maybe I need to get out more!!

    Coop looks great as does your house, Have a great Christmas!

    • Nicole2 says:

      I talk to the animals all the time. I’m known as Dr. Doolittle. Either for talking to the animals or because I do little.

      I hope you and your family have a Merry Cluck Cluck Christmas, Karen, and can’t wait to read you in the New Year!!

    • Jody says:

      The Friendly Giant used to talk to a chicken. Did you watch that growing up? We live on the CA border so a watched Canadian t.v. growing up. You don’t have a giraffe do you?

  46. coralie says:

    I know it’s traditional to put rum in eggnog, but I recommend Irish Cream. I think you might like that alcoholic concoction.

    • Violet says:

      I was recently watching a holiday movie where one of the characters was given a shotglass of eggnog with cinnamon schnapps and she said it tasted like Christmas. I want to try that. It sounds like it might actually be good. (Or I could end up throwing out an entire bottle of cinnamon schnapps.)

  47. Rebecca says:

    Have a wonderful Christmas (and Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve Eve). Thanks for all the wonderful posts this year.

  48. Marti says:

    Egg Nogg.

    CA spelling?

  49. Jill says:

    Those are some seriously lucky chickens! My own home should look half so festive. Happy holidays, Karen, and may the new year bring nothing but the best for you and your flock!

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