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A big holiday welcome from the BAR-D to you all!

We keep Christmas every day durin' the season, with somethin' new for you each and every day.  

Along with our daily additions, we post holiday news and features listed below.

Happy holidays folks!

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"Here's a perfect holiday gift...."
Brooke Demetz Oklahoma Today

"An entertaining and heartwarming collection of modern and classic
 Cowboy Poetry.  A wonderful treasury, including many of my favorites."  
Don Edwards, America's favorite Cowboy singer 

 "Cowboy poetry provides an important link to my own rural roots.  The Big Roundup is a fine collection of cowboy poetry -- old and new."
The Honorable Supreme Court Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor, author of Lazy B

"...a wonderful addition to our cowboy poetry collection..."
Randy Williams, Curator, Fife Folklore Archives

"From the classics to contemporary, Cowboy Poetry is alive and represented well in The Big Roundup anthology.  The 'Best of the West' section is a great information source for folks looking for a directory of events and places representing our Art Form."  
Chris Isaacs, the Cowboy's Cowboy humorist and poet, 
Rhymes, Reasons and Pack Saddle Proverbs

and more praise here.....

Happy holidays folks!



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Daily Additions


Happy holidays folks!

Poetry, Stories and More


See details about our 2003 Daily Holiday Additions below


And there's plenty other Cowboy Poetry news 
in our News Since the Last Newsletter


Happy holidays folks!



  Wyoming Companion Weekly Newsletter for December 8, 2003, features the Cowboy Christmas poetry of two BAR-D pards:  past Lariat Laureate runner up Hal Swift's "High Plains Christmas" and old pard Lincoln Rogers' "December's Trail Home."  They also feature a link to First Lariat Laureate Rod Nichols' modern holiday classic at his site, Christmas Comes to Line Camp and they kindly mention our own daily celebration here at the BAR-D.

You can subscribe (free!) to the Wyoming Companion Weekly Newsletter and to their Rodeo Wyoming weekly Newsletter.  Check it all out at the The Wyoming Companion site and be sure to visit the Cowboy Poetry Gathering sectionPosted 12/10  

  On December 18, 2003 Jim Thompson's Heritage of the American West Christmas Show from Spearfish, South Dakota -- broadcast live on the web -- featured our Honored Guest Yvonne Hollenbeck, Barry Pitt, Kenny Miller, Gary Muledeer, and other special guests. Listen here to the archived recordin'.  Updated 12/19  

  In December 2002, CMT TV filmed AWA DJ of the Year Jo Hargrave's 3rd Annual "Keepin' It Cowboy Christmas Show" (read more about it from last year's Christmas news right here). The program was shown often on CMT durin' the season: 

AIRDATES - (all times are Eastern)

12/5/03 - 10:00P - "Premiere"
12/6/03 - 1:00P; 12:00A
12/7/03 - 2:00P; 9:00P; 12:00A
12/8/03 - 9:30P; 12:30A
12/9/03 - 12:00A
12/13/03 - 5:00P
12/16/03 - 7:00P; 10:00P; 1:00A
12/17/03 - 8:00P
12/18/03 - 9:00P; 1:00A
12/22/03 - 11:00A
12/23/03 - 10:00P
12/24/03 - 12:00P; 7:00P; 11:00P
12/25/03 - 2:00P; 8:00P; 12:00A

The fine folks at have indexed over 150 of their favorites from the BAR-D Christmas collection.  You can see their index right here.


Happy holidays folks!

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A modern holiday classic, first Lariat Laureate Rod Nichols has a dazzlin' presentation of his poem, "Christmas Comes to Line Camp," at his great web site right here in a special "web book" with music and entrancin' graphics.  And don't miss his new Christmas poem, "Rocking Horse Cowboy," right here on his site.

  Our pards over at SilverCreek Books and Music had their own daily Christmas celebration goin' on, with new Cowboy Christmas books and Cowboy Music available every day at special prices at their Cowboy Christmas Store.  They have plenty of temptin' specials year 'round...

Ride on over and shop with some of the nicest folks in the West.

XmasTracCov.jpg (100676 bytes)  Our old pard Cindy Ladage has just published her third children's book, The Christmas Tractor, along with Jane Aumann.  Read more about the book at her web site, where you can also purchase the book for $8.95 plus $2.00 s/h. 

  Visit the folks at, where you'll find lots of e-cards and holiday links.


Happy holidays folks!


Happy holidays folks!






Daily Treats!

Somethin' every day, along with selected classic and 
contemporary favorites from past years' celebrations

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Happy holidays folks!

December 2003

 1st  Folks, we can't hardly think of better ways to start the season than by sharin' Buck Ramsey's classic, Christmas Waltz, and Honored Guest Yvonne Hollenbeck's The Perfect Gift.

 2nd  Keepin' to the lighter side early in the season, we've got Honored Guest Bob Schild's Santa Comes Calvin'; an old favorite by Honored Guest and AWA Top Male Poet Pat Richardson, Howdy Folks (Bob and Pat have been pards for 150 years or so); and a classic favorite by Arthur Chapman, Christmas Shopping in Cactus Center.

 3rd  Enjoy Clark Crouch's Christmas on the Prairie; our just-about-all-time favorite classic, The Christmas Trail by Badger Clark (Clark Crouch knew Badger Clark); and a Christmas skit for young folks by Honored Guest Yvonne Hollenbeck, Cooper's Christmas.  

 4th  The lights are up at the BAR-D and we have Glen Enloe's A Christmas for Cowboys; an old favorite of ours, Desert Cowboy's Christmas, by Honored Guest Carole Jarvis (it's in her new book); and a classic selection, Drylander's Christmas, by S. Omar Barker.

 5th  Past Lariat Laureate runner up Linda Kirkpatrick has a memory of her childhood and a tribute to her late father in One Less Chair at the Table, and we have another old favorite of ours from past Lariat Laureate runner up Charley Sierra, A Christmas Poem. 

 6th  Past Lariat Laureate runner up Hal Swift tells a tale of Christmas on the Trail; we have one of our old favorites by Honored Guest Dee Strickland Johnson (Buckshot Dot), which has an extra important meaning to her family this year, The Star and a Humble Cowboy; and a classic by Bruce Kiskaddon, The Old Time Christmas, "when cattle was plenty and folks was few." 

 7th  In tune and tone for an Advent Sunday, we have past Lariat Laureate runner up Steve Dirksen's If There's No Need and an old favorite of so many folks, past Lariat Laureate runner up Gail T. Burton's A Cowboy's Christmas Prayer

 8th  Our Honored Guest, occasional columnist, Cowgirl Hall of Famer and  AWA Top Female Poet Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns celebrates Christmas Way Out West; we have an old favorite by Honored Guest Colen Sweeten, Christmas Beneath the Stars; and a classic selection, Happy Days, by Rhoda Sivell.

 9th  Past Lariat Laureate Jane Morton shares a piece of American Christmas history in Robert May's Story (from her forthcomin' book) and we have a classic selection from Down Under by Henry Lawson, The Fire at Ross's Farm

10th  We have an old favorite by Honored Guest Virginia Bennett, Ramona's Christmas Box.

11th  Past Lariat Laureate runner up Jean Mathisen Haugen came by with her Wrong Turn!; we have an old favorite by Past Lariat Laureate runner up Jim John, Tallgrass Prairie Christmas, and a classic selection by A. B. "Banjo" Paterson, Santa Claus.

12th  Past Lariat Laureate runner up Tex Tumbleweed shares A Christmas Star;  and gettin' in the mood for dancin', we have an old favorite by current Lariat Laureate runner up Carl Condray, Winter Stampede;  and one of our favorite classic Cowboy Christmas poems, "Larry" Chittenden's The Cowboy's Christmas Ball.

13th  Future Honored Guest from Alberta, Doris Daley, has A Christmas Prayer; and we have an old favorite by past Lariat Laureate Sam Jackson, Country Christmas.

14th  Colorado's own Donna Hatton came by with A Christmas Memory; and we share an old favorite; an often requested-for-publication poem by Lanny Joe Burnett, Nightwork; and a classic selection by Bruce Kiskaddon, The Cowboys Christmas Dance.

15th  Past Lariat Laureate runner up Ezra Spur offers The Tree; and we have an old favorite by past Lariat Laureate Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Christmas on the North Fork

16th  Honored Guest Larry Maurice shares his Christmas message in It's That Time Again; an old favorite by Lariat Laureate runner up Janice Gilbertson, A "Little Cowboy" Conversation; and an old favorite by old pard Mike Dunn, Wrappings & Bows.

17th  New pard David Althouse tells about Believin' a White Christmas inta Bein'; we have an old favorite, Reindeer Wrangler, by old pard George Bourbeau; and a classic selection by Robert Service, The Trapper's Christmas Eve.

18th  Past Lariat Laureate Jo Lynne Kirkwood recalls We Didn't Have Much, Then, for Christmas; old pard Lincoln Rogers shares The Pilfered Slice; and we have an old favorite Hilda tale from past Lariat Laureate runner up Sam DeLeeuw, Christmas Gift -- A Sack of Dreams.

19th  Old pard Ron Lambert shares his Christmas Wink; new pard Steve Rohlman has A Visit From St. Nick?; we have an old favorite from past Lariat Laureate runner up Byrd Woodward, A Four-Year-Old's Christmas Truth; another old favorite from Lariat Laureate runner up Francine Roark Robison, The Cowboy Christmas Ball; and a classic selection  by A. B. "Banjo" Paterson, Santa Claus in the Bush

20th  The two old rodeoin' pards weigh in once more:  Honored Guest Pat Richardson offers up Christmas Cheer and Honored Guest Bob Schild marks Christmas 2003; and, we have a classic selection, Line-Camp Christmas Letter by S. Omar Barker.

21st  As fittin' for an Advent Sunday, we have Lariat Laureate runner up Carl Condray's Christmas in the Scrub Oaks; old pard Paul Kern's Prayer Comes Easy in a Barn; an old favorite by Lariat Laureate runner up Michael Henley, The Gate Cut; and another classic selection by S. Omar Barker, A Cowboy's Christmas Prayer.

22nd  Future Honored Guest LeRoy Jones shares a poem The Night Before Christmas and a song, What Does a Cowboy Do for Christmas?; old pard Tom King has Naughty and Nice!; Bruce Satta has Santa's Hat; we have an old favorite by old pard Ron Brinegar, Letter to Santa; another old favorite by S. J. Passamonte, In the Barn on Christmas Eve; and our sometimes-columnist and good old pard Charlie Camden's Christmas letter, a part of his view from Just Beyond the Ridge.

23rd  Honored Guest Mike Puhallo recalls a Cow Country Christmas Memory; Honored Guest Yvonne Hollenbeck offers Virginia, I Believe; which leads us to givin' Mrs. Santa her due with two old favorites: past Lariat Laureate Jay Snider's Santa's Helper and Omar West's, Anna Claus.

24th  First Lariat Laureate Rod Nichols shares A Christmas Mem'ry; and we have a classic selection by D. J. O'Malley, Busted Cowboy's Christmas.

25th  Honored Guest DW Groethe celebrates A Charlie Creek Christmas; we have a special old favorite by Honored Guest J. W. Beeson, Christmas Serenade; and we have a little closin' verse from Charlie Russell...


Merry Christmas All!  
We thank all of you poets and readers
 for bein' a part of...



With special remembrance of Lee, Alice, and Barney
and the joy they brought to the world...
and of Larry McWhorter, Sunny Hancock, Alton Kirkpatrick, Anthony E. "Tony"
Schwarz, "Wild Bill" Halbert, and all who left us this year...


Happy holidays folks!


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See the links above for holiday news and more; 
our regular News Since the Last Newsletter is here.

See a complete list of all the holiday poems from 2000-2005 here.


See the list of all the poems at the BAR-D here.



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