This is my mom’s favorite time of year. She decorates the entire house with three Christmas trees and plays Christmas music all day long. Dad puts up lights outside, grumbling all the way. I have to be a bit flexible as her schedule doesn’t always allow for big adventures, especially on baking day.
On baking day, my mom turns on the ovens at 9 am, and they don’t go off until around dinner time or later. She mixes up a bunch of cookie doughs and then cooks them up. The house smells heavenly! I am the clean up crew for when morsels or crumbs fall on the ground. I am on it like ugly on an ape! Woof!
This year, she made Oatmeal Scotchies, Chocolate Cherry Chippers, sugar cut-outs, raspberry filled cookies, chocolate-vanilla swirls, caramel corn and chocolate covered pretzels. Whew. That’s on top of the pumpkin bread, lemon-cranberry bread, cranberry bread and cranberry tarts she has already made. Yup, my mom likes to bake. That’s why dad is a perfect match for her because he likes to eat! He has quite the sweet tooth.
Anyway, after all the baking, mom hosts neighbors, and gives away goodie boxes and bags to share the Christmas spirit. That gives me and my brother an opportunity to wear our Christmas bling. I love my scarf but not the Santa suit. Ugh. I hate when mom puts that one on. It makes me feel like a Grinch! My brother, Edmond, used to hate his Christmas collar, but now that he is older and thinner, he actually likes the warmth it provides. We both look quite dashing, if I don’t say so myself.
We did enjoy seeing neighbors and visiting, but I must say, all that socializing wears me out. I slept soundly last night. In my dreams, I looked forward to another one of our Christmas traditions: snow shoeing. I believe that is coming up this weekend, and I can’t wait! I just love visiting the snow. The Shiba Inu breed is from the mountains of Japan, and I grew up in the Rocky Mountains, so I always feel right at home in the mountains.
What are your Christmas traditions? Do you involve your pets? On Christmas Eve, we’ll drive around looking at all the lights. Once we do that, I know it isn’t much longer until Santa Paws comes, filling our stockings with goodies galore! I’ve been the perfect pet this year. Okay, not-so-perfect but decent enough. Just don’t tell Santa Paws I ate my brother’s special-diet food…again.
I hope we can all find time in the busy, holiday season to share good news and holiday cheer with one another. If you see me on the trail or out and about, be sure to say hello so I can wish you a very, Merry Christmas!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!