I don’t know how things are for you in your family, but for Mr. Taleteller and me, the holidays are really hectic. We have two big family Christmas events the weekend before Christmas, then two smaller family events and one more big one during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Then, after Christmas we have a couple of days celebrating my sister’s birthday. Part of it is because my parents have been divorced most of my life, and I’ve been used to it. Still, I’m not going to lie, through the years there have been times when I dreamed of being an orphan or of going on vacation until it’s all over. The day after Christmas is one when we finally get to rest and take it easy, and we took full advantage of it this year.
One of the things that is the hardest for me about the holidays is that I have less time to spend with the dogs. I feel so guilty when I come home late, or run in to let them out and feed them, then turn around and run back out. Just once on Christmas Day, I’d like to have some time to just relax with the dogs for a few hours, but I don’t foresee it ever happening.
That’s why I look forward to the day after Christmas almost more than the big day itself. We can settle in for a long winter’s nap together and just enjoy a day of doing what we want. We can sit around in our pajamas, make a run for puppucinos or just enjoy our new toys. I feel like Boxing Day should be more of a holiday than it is here in the US.
I had to laugh when I came into the living room this morning to find Mr. Taleteller sound asleep on the couch, snoring away, while Flattery laid curled up behind his legs, her feet in the air and a goofy look of contentment on her face. She was snoring, too. Bunny was stretched out on a double decker dog bed, her head draped over the edge in regal repose. Clearly, the dogs were as happy as we were to have a day to take it easy and do whatever we wanted.
All I know is that the holidays are a magical time that make you want to be with loved ones and still manage to make you happy for a little peace and quiet, too. The dogs don’t really give two figs about what the holiday means, they’re just happy to have us around more and looking forward to winter adventures. We need to come up with some new ideas for winter fun this year, but I feel up to the challenge.