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Dec 24 - Animals can speak tonight

With tonight being Christmas Eve magical things can occur - one of which is the folklore belief that animals can speak. Anyone still possessing a barn that contains farm animals can - if they're very quiet and careful - sneak up to it at midnight and hear their livestock discussing their master; just as the animals in the stable on that first Christmas night discussed the arrival of the Great Master. Beekeepers (a fraternity I once belonged to) can - if they put their ear to the hive hear their bees inside humming Christmas carols (mine hummed Silent Night). And of course your pets can speak tonight as well and understand anything said to them. So be very careful what you say and have a Merry Christmas!


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