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December 04, 2008

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells...

Jingle all the way! Is it Christmas time at your house? Let the festivities begin!

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There are a lot of opportunities to get out and celebrate the holidays with your longeared comrades. You can participate in a local nativity program, join a Christmas parade, or make a surprise "Santa visit" to deliver gifts to the grandkids house. The more the merrier!

Here are a few fun ways to dress your donkeys up for Christmas.

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Santa hats for donkeys are pretty easy to make. Go to the thrift store and buy a nice big Santa hat. The softer, more flexible ones work best. Then cut a slot in either side right along the seam where the white rim attaches to the red part of the hat. Make one of the slots smaller, and the other big (big enough to comfortably fit over your donkey's ear).

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Then to put it on, put a halter on your donkey, slide the donkey's ear up through the big slot that you made, then slide the donkey's halter strap through the smaller slot on the other side of the hat, and buckle the halter. This holds the hat in place pretty nicely. You can kind of see how I put the hat, in this photo.

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I put this Montana Mule Days "Christmas Donkey" costume (above) together on short notice with a quick trip through my tack collection, and a visit to the thrift store. I had about a week from the time we decided what costume we wanted to do, to when we had to be at the show, and I had many other things to fill my time during the same week packing and getting ready for all the other classes we were going to show in! So it really was a quick costume put together at the last minute. You should have an easier time finding accessories this time of year than I did in June! We won first place with this costume out of about 10 entries in the Youth Costume class!

Merry Christmas to all, and may your holidays be filled with joy!

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Kristie Jorgensen
LongearsMall.com

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at December 4, 2008 06:43 PM

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