There is a wonderful legend shared by many countries that animals talk at midnight on Christmas Eve.
Now according to legend, at least, Christ's birth occurred at exactly midnight. Inside the stable, the animals watched in wonder as the new-born babe was lovingly wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a manger. Suddenly, God gave voice to the animals and immediately they began to praise God for the miracle they had just seen. This went on for several minutes and, just before the entrance of the shepherds -- who had hurried to the stable because angels had told them the Christ had been born there -- the animals again fell silent The legend of the talking animals persists to this day in Scandinavia. And every Christmas Eve, wide-eyed children creep into stables just before midnight to hear the animals
We will be spending Christmas at Lucy's House, so maybe my momma will sneak out to her barn at Midnight "just to check"
Here are a few other Christmas Animal Legends we found very lovely:
Native people of the Americas tell of deer who kneel on Christmas night, looking to the sky as if praising the Great Spirit. Cribs handcrafted by tribes of the United States and Canada include the fox, buffalo, and the bear in their mangers.
On Christmas Eve in Britain, bees gather to hum hymns and oxen and cattle rise in their stalls or kneel in adoration of the new-born king.
Spiders provided the original version of tinsel by decorating trees with cobwebs. Legends credit Santa or angels or Jesus for turning the gray webs into gold and silver. To this day, it is said that every tree should have a spider ornament to acknowledge the happy spirit of the Christmas spider.
Santa provides for the animals as well as children according to European legend. He places grain all about for them on Christmas Eve. Polar bear cubs know that Santa only comes after they go to sleep. In his off time, Santa is known to play with the animals around his North Pole home as well as feed and care for them.
Tabby cats received the letter “M” for Madonna on their forehead as a reward for a tabby kitten comforting baby Jesus in the manger.
The robin is said to have fanned the flames by flapping her wings all night to keep the new-born warm. The robin's chest became red from being kept painfully close to the flames for so long.
Wishing all our furrends a safe and happy and healthy Christmas !!!!!
and.......as WE all know......of, course, the animals DO talk on Christmas Eve!
The momma~Cheryl, Minna Krebs, Rooney, Ditto, Pickles, Lucy and Justice