Family traditions are part of what make the holiday season so special, from Christmas caroling and baking cookies, to decking the halls and binge-watching classic films, we all have our own unique way of celebrating! And since our pets are an important part of the family, what better way to get into the holiday spirit than to include them in the fun.
Check out these seven holiday tradition ideas below:
1. Bring them along to choose a tree
If your family still braves the cold to find that perfect evergreen, why not bring your pup along? Many tree farms and lots are dog friendly as long as they’re kept on a lead, and your dog will likely enjoy the pine needle scents just as much as you!
2. Pet friendly festive baking
It wouldn’t be Christmas without freshly baked goodies! Add a pet-friendly biscuit recipe into the mix for your dog or cat’s gastronomic pleasure - bonus points for a pet shaped cookie cutter. Check out these recipe ideas from the RSPCA.
3. Include them in your holiday cards
When you send out your holiday cards this year, keep your pets in mind. If your family gets all decked out for a holiday photo, be sure to include your pet and add their name to the list of signatures!
4. Fill a stocking for them
Hang your stockings by the chimney with care (or wherever you have space), and perhaps put one up for your pet this year! Fill your pet’s stocking with all of their favourite treats and toys for a festive surprise. Looking for stocking stuffer inspiration? Have a look at our gift guide!
5. Christmas film marathon
Is there anything better than curling up on the sofa with a warm drink and Christmas film? Get snuggled up with your pet and have a viewing party; Santa Paws, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Lady & the Tramp are pup-ular picks!
6. Get an ornament made
Commemorate the year with a special ornament that features your pet. Many online vendors can create personalised ornaments with your pet’s unique photo, paw print, silhouette, and more! These make brilliant gifts for your loved ones with pets as well.
7. Make a day of winter activities
Take advantage of wintry snow for a snowball fight, building a snow-dog, making snow angels or just walking through the powder. Did you know, getting out for a walk in the brisk, cold air is beneficial for your health? Finish the day with a hot drink and a treat for your pooch.
No matter the tradition, including your pet is sure to make special memories for years to come. Hopefully these provide some inspiration for making your season extra merry and bright; from all of us at We Love Pets, happy holidays!
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