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One of the world’s oldest Christmas stories is that of Babushka, the woman who was too busy with housework to join the Magi in their quest for the Christ Child. But what possible relevance could that story have today, 2,000 years later?

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OK, I’ll admit it … I’ve been listening to Christmas songs online since the weekend after Thanksgiving. What can I say? I’m a huge fan of Christmas music and all of the memories that come with it.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a lot of favourite Christmas songs. But lately the one that’s really stood out for me is “The Little Drummer Boy.”

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If women, particularly young women, could see more strong female role models in agriculture, it might help them meet their challenges and inspire them to be more successful.

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“Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good.” This quote was one that hung on my bulletin board in college as I studied animal science, preparing to enter the world of dairy cattle nutrition.

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Dirk and Betty Willemsen immigrated from Holland in 1983. They had visited Canada on a holiday and had gone home with new ideas to think about.

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As women in the ever-changing world of agriculture, we continue to have more and more opportunities to take leadership positions. Whether it is as 4-H key leaders, school board members, industry board members, public office or other places in our workplace and communities, leaders are always a necessity if any individual effort is to be successful.

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