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. Mickey says:

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

  2. 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.

  3. Leslie says:

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

  4. Katharine says:

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

  5. Betsy says:

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

  6. mimiindublin says:

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

  7. 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!

  8. Lorraine Dean says:

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

  9. 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.

  10. Kris says:

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

  11. 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!

  12. Gloria says:

    Those are some uptown chickens…..

    Merry Christmas Karen!!!!

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Jen says:

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

  16. Lori says:

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

  17. 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.

  18. Robyn says:

    Merry Christmas Karen!

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

  19. deborah says:

    Now that’s a swanky abode!

  20. 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?

  21. 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.)

  22. Rebecca says:

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

  23. Marti says:

    Egg Nogg.

    CA spelling?

  24. 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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