I already wrote a post about how much I loved Thanksgiving, but I have to tell you that I loved Christmas even more! It began when Mom started baking Christmas cookies in early December, and I learned that if I sat and stared at her with big, pitiful eyes, she would usually let me have a little taste of one. I also learned that Mom is a bit of klutz who often drops stuff on the floor when she’s cooking, and that if I move really fast, I can snatch it up and eat it before she stops me. So one way or another, I got to sample every batch of cookies that came out of the kitchen.
Even better, I heard that if I was a really, really, good dog (and I am, because snarfing up cookies that are spilled on the floor doesn’t count as being bad), I could expect a gift or two from Santa Dog on Christmas morning. I even got my very own stocking to hang on the mantle so that Santa Dog would be sure to remember me.
I also found out that Christmas isn’t celebrated on just one day. My parents had lots of friends and family over all through December, and all of those visits meant delicious food was served. The best part was that not all of the guests believed in my parents’ “no food for dogs at the table” rule, so lots of them slipped me a little tidbit when they thought my parents weren’t looking. And afterwards, I was always in the kitchen to lend a paw in cleaning up and dealing with the leftovers.
There was just one part of Christmas that I didn’t really care for. About a week before Christmas day, Mom told me that I needed a bath because I smelled. And she was right, I did have a distinct aroma…a blend of wet fur, all the things in the yard I found to roll in, and a general doggie odor. In other words, I smelled great! Why she thought I needed a bath, I’ll never know, but she hauled me to the nearest dog wash and plunked me right in the tub. The less said about the actual bath, the better. I’ve heard the mind has a way of blocking out traumatic experiences, and I’m hoping that is true. Except for the part where Mom accidentally turned on the water when she had the nozzle pointed right at her face, because that was pretty funny.
The best part of Christmas, though, was the actual day. I went to bed extra early the night before because I heard Santa Dog only comes if you’re asleep, and I didn’t even budge from my dog bed when Mom and Dad came home late from the Christmas Eve service. And it worked! I had two toys under the tree and some dog biscuits in my stocking on Christmas morning. We also had family over for opening presents and breakfast, which was delicious. Later that afternoon, my two doggie cousins came over to play and we had a terrific time running all over the yard.
Getting together with friends and family, sharing delicious food and cookies, getting wonderful presents…..how could I possibly not love Christmas? It’s my favorite holiday, and I can’t wait to do it all over again next year!!