Real Christmas

It’s been a very different year for me.  Instead of constant travel and interacting with lots of humans and animals in a manufactured world, I have been spending my time with my animals and pretty much by myself put on the land in my work.

While I miss all the interaction with the great people and the livestock business, I have gotten to really appreciate the taking care of the land, restoring a great ranch, and getting to work with animals for more than a day at a time.

As I rode up mission creek, then trotted up a big grassy draw, and moved my horse herd up to some better grass, and they went out of site over the top and when I topped out they were running and bucking down the steep hill and I got this view.

As I sat looking over this wonderful sight, and thought of what this was.
  Since Jesus birth or Christmas,  this land and animals has pretty much stayed the same.  I’ll bet mission creek was running and there were some deer or some sort of wildlife.  We’ve added domestic animals but they have been here for a long time.  It’s a beautiful thing.

As I look down on Livingston,  it’s a great town, but hasn’t been there to long compared to everything else.  Down there there is lots of Christmas going on, like people buying gifts and getting ready for the big celebration for Christmas.

I hope you get some time to really appreciate what it’s all about to you.  This modern world has a way of drawing us in to what seems so important, and as they say “movement creates movement” and if you aren’t careful you’ll be having a run away.

Good health is the most important thing in our life.  Tammy and I have always believed that, and now we know it.

I have always wanted to be around and take care of animals at Christmas.  I think you will get great satisfaction out of a little special care of your animals at this time of year.  If you think about it it’s the one thing we have in common with the folks that were around when Jesus was born.

They didn’t have laptops and cell phones or cars, but they had animals and land, and I feel those that understand how to care for them will always be closer to God.

Merry Christmas

14 thoughts on “Real Christmas

  1. Jamie Tamietti Martin

    Merry Christmas, so glad you have not lost your love of the outdoors and are as humble as when we were growing up. Take care and may 2020 be even better for all.


  2. Debra Ladd

    MERRY CHRISTMAS 🎄!! Glad you’re doing well, How is Tammy? Fully recovered from her health challenge ? Blessings for 2020 Take Good Care. Debra Ladd

  3. Susan Wolff

    May you, Tammy, and your beautiful family be blessed in 2020.

    Dr. Susan J. Wolff, CEO/Dean

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    1. curtpate Post author

      Thank you Susan,

      Merry Christmas

      /C Curt Pate 63 Ranch

      There’s no normal life, there’s just life- -Now get on with it!


  4. Todd McCartney

    Your words have true value, Curt. Thanks for sharing them with all of us.
    You got a lot of us nodding in agreement… and thankful for the reminder.
    May the blessings of the Christ Child be with the Pate family.

    1. curtpate Post author

      Thank you my good friend

      Merry Christmas

      /c Curt Pate

      “It’s what you learn after you know it all that really counts”


  5. Russell Weber

    Merry Christmas to you and yours Curt from all of the cowboys here at Gottsch Cattle Company in Red Cloud, NE. We’re so glad we got to know you and learn from you during your visits to us. May the new year bring you plenty of happiness!

  6. Bill Dale

    Curt, so glad to know that you are happy with your lifestyle adjustment. You make change seem an easy thing for you, as you always stay true to yourself, regardless. An admirable quality for sure. You continue to inspire me and countless others.

    Merry Christmas to all. See you in Texas…

  7. Jacquie Bennett

    May God bless you and your family with a wonderful New Year, 2020. Your words are truly an inspiration Curt, and Ian Tyson writes/sings beautifully… You’ve come so far in life and I congratulate you! May you keep living life with dreams under the wide open country skies.

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