As Christmas rapidly approaches, your mind often drifts back in time thanks in no small part to movies like "White Christmas," "Holiday Inn," "The Bells of St. Mary's" and "A Christmas Carol." We all long for a simpler time when the holiday season didn't seem so hurried.
If you, like me, are a fan of such movies, you long for a sleigh ride, a hearth-cooked meal or a Christmas goose. What you forget is all the work involved in such endeavors. Let's take the sleigh ride, for example. The horse has to be cared for 365 days a year, which includes feeding and mucking stalls. No need to exercise the horse, as he will be pulling a wagon or cart when there is no snow on the ground. Next, there is the hoof care, picking hooves and making sure the horse is well-shod.
The sleigh also needs to be maintained -- a good shellacking of the wood and oiling of the leather would be routine. Next, the harnesses need to be cleaned and oiled. Tired yet?