|The girls getting ready for Christmas|
If you're wondering what to recite to your bees on Christmas Eve here is a poem by Carol Ann Duffy.
Silently on Christmas Eve,
the turn of midnight's key;
all the garden locked in ice -
a silver frieze -
except the winter cluster of the bees.
Flightless now and shivering,
around their Queen they cling;
every bee a gift of heat;
she will not freeze
within the winter cluster of the bees.
Bring me for my Christmas gift
a single golden jar;
let me taste the sweetness there,
but honey leave
to feed the winter cluster of the bees.
Come with me on Christmas Eve
to see the silent hive -
trembling stars cloistered above -
and then believe,
bless the winter cluster of the bees.
At this time of year I'm especially appreciative that I have a roof over my head and food in my belly when so many in the world have neither. Giving gifts to those in need who are not as fortunate as I seems like a good idea at Christmas and for that matter throughout the year. Here are a few Christmas gift ideas for less fortunate beekeepers in the world. Christmas Gifts