DAY THREE OF HOLLMANN HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
I just wanted to take this opportunity to link to a Christmas essay from last year written by my friend Tom. I'm sure many of you read his blog, or recognize him from the comments section (I count him and Andrew K as my "Blog Buddies", if you will). If not, why not start right now? He wrote a beautiful and thoughtful post about animals at Christmastime, including a humorous picture of his beloved beagle Maggie in her winter coat and a creative theme his husband came up with for their Tree. Take a look.
While we're on the subject of animals, let me say this: I do beseech you to think carefully before giving someone a pet for Christmas. I know there's nothing more magical than the look on a child's face as s/he holds a brand new puppy/kitten, but animals are living creatures. They shouldn't be a pleasant surprise, they shouldn't be under the tree, they shouldn't be gift-wrapped. Not even metaphorically. Kids can be fickle, and a pet is a big decision. I know of instances where "Christmas pups" work well, but it takes responsibility. Tom does good work at the Buddy Foundation, an animal shelter in Chicago, and I do urge you to get your pets from a shelter, but make sure you can take care of them first. I'm sure there's nothing worse than seeing a dog returned because the Christmas novelty has worn off.
And yet, the only dog Christmas songs I could find are all pro-puppy-for-Christmas. Of course. But just remember: the holiday season is to be enjoyed responsibly.