We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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I hope that today finds you happy and content, relaxed and ready for whatever this special day brings you.    We will have a busy day visiting family today, and hopefully enjoying all the fun that the holiday brings.  In Christmases past, we’ve had some funny and entertaining memories involving a deer carcass and a fallen Christmas tree.  This year, it seems that things have been a whirlwind of getting ready, and there have been a few things that have made Christmas a little more sentimental for me.

BelieveThis year one of our usual traditions has been altered.  My dad is selling the house and farm where I grew up and moving to a new house that is already under construction.  I admit to feeling sad about this.  It was compounded a little more by the fact that they didn’t even put up a Christmas tree this year because they were going to be gone over Christmas.  I don’t fault them for not doing it, but it threw me a bit, mostly because it’s the last Christmas in the house where I grew up.

Snow PuppyHowever, I’m realizing that I have so much to celebrate this year that it’s silly to focus on what is less than ideal.  I have my family, friends and dogs to enjoy the holiday with, and now is the time when all the planning, cleaning, wrapping and preparing are over.  We can just enjoy that precious time with our loved ones, even though sometimes it feels like there are just too many parties to attend and too many things to do.  I know that there are people who are wishing they had just one more holiday with someone special.  I could never wish those things away.

Sisters So much of the stress that we feel comes from the pressure to make things perfect, but it’s the things that are imperfect that are what we remember with smiles and laughter for years to come.  Our family is still  laughing about the first year my dad and stepmom were married and the turkey caught on fire in the oven.  My stepmom probably wishes we would forget that incident, but it’s become a part of family canon.  I’ve learned to embrace the imperfections and enjoy them for the funny stories they will become.

Morgan and the SnowmenSo now it’s time to see how everyone likes the gifts we got, enjoy good food, have fun with family and make enough memories to last us until next year.  We wish you good times with friends and family, peace of mind and heart, and lots of happy memories.  Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, please know that we wish these things for you today and every day.

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  • Vero

    Merry Christmas to you and the pack. I know the feeling of no more Chritmas at my parents. Brrrr.
    Oh I received your card just in time. It is lovely. I had a good laugh explaining the photo session to my daughters. Thank you for this good moment.

  • http://howsamseesit.blogspot.com/ Sam

    Merry Christmas to all of you!

    Sam

  • sara, oreo and chewy

    Merry Christmas!

  • http://sheltiebeauties.blogspot.com Eva or sometimes Priscilla

    Merry Christmas to all of you!!!

  • http://www.twogreyhoundtown.blogspot.com Patty, Joey & Scout

    Merry Christmas!

  • http://terriertorrent.wordpress.com/ Gizmo (@GizmoGeodog)

    I still remember when my parents sold the house I grew up in thought it was over 20 years ago. It was a wrenching time, helping them to pack up all my childhood memories. Even as an adult, and even thought I hadn’t lived there for many years, there was a great sense of loss. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  • http://birdbrainsanddogtales.wordpress.com/ Millie

    Merry Christmas to all of you too!

    Cindy & Millie

  • http://www.whatremainsnow.com Lori – What Remains Now

    Isn’t that the truth…our favorite memories usually are the funny, odd, imperfect moments of life. I feel for you with the sale of your childhood home. I agree with you. It may be an appropriate things to do, but it’s still emotional.Wishing you all a Merry Christmas.

  • http://dakotasden.wordpress.com caren gittleman

    As always, beautiful! May your Christmas be equally as beautiful!

  • http://gracefulgreyhounds.blogspot.com Sue

    Lovely photos.

    Hope you are all having a fab Christmas Day and that all the hounds got what they had asked for from Santa, especially that replacement pink collr for Bunny.

  • http://terrordequatropatas.blogspot.com Terrorzinhos

    Merry Christmas to you all! =)

  • http://TheElkaAlmanac.Blogspot.com Jen

    Merry Christmas to you as well!

    I can understand your issue with the house changing and the strangeness of Christmas. I confess that we actually haven’t decorated AT ALL yet in our new house…we moved here in 2008. At my grandparents’ house, they go the whole 9, and that’s where I typically end up at least for a couple of days anyway.

  • http://www.heyitsjethere.wordpress.com Jet

    Hey Bunny, Hey Blue, Hey Morgan, Hey Kuster, Jet here. Hi Mr. & Mrs. T.

    Mrs. T., you are so wise to point out that the expectation of perfection can be exhausting and can even ruin a holiday experience. We have the funny stories too and they bring everyone together. We do not celebrate Christmas, however, we will bring holiday cheer to our neighbors, later. :)

    Mrs. T? We LOVE all the Christmas photos… and… can we tell you a secret? We are so proud of Kuster for joining the ladies in the last photo. That’s our favorite… the whole pack together, looking elegant in their scarves.

    We cannot tell you how much we enjoy your blog… thank you for putting such time, love, and care into each post.

    We have lots of change upcoming, too… so we understand your feelings…

    So, while things are as the are, we wish you a holiday season filled with family, friends, joy, health, laughter, love, abundance and of course… tasty tidbits!

  • http://www.thedailydogblog.com Julie

    Thanks for the gift of all of your adorable photos and wise words, your blog never fails to brighten my day! Have a very merry Christmas!!

  • http://littledogsonlongleashes.blogspot.com Georgia Little Pea

    A little belated Christmas greeting from Brisbane. I’m sorry you didn’t get to have a last “tree” Christmas in the house where you grew up. I feel nostalgic just reading your words. Big change for everyone. However, as you say, you have your own little pack now and are making wonderful new memories with them every day. I wish you the best Bunny’s mama! And I hope you’re having a nice restful day. You deserve it :) hugs x

  • http://www.dennisthevizsla.com Dennis the Vizsla

    hello houndstooth4 its dennis the vizsla dog hay mary krismas!!! hay that storry abowt the turkee reminds me abowt the time dada tried to roast chestnuts and forgot to cut notches in them first aparently if wun duz not do this kritikal step then the chestnuts eksplode and make the inside of wuns uven a morass of exploded chestnut innerds!!! hoo noo??? wel the pakadjing did but dada did not bother to reed it ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ok bye

  • http://www.lifeatgoldenpines.blogspot.com Kim-Life at Golden Pines

    Great photos, and I love your attitude as you think of changes that are to come, and your memories to come and the ones of the past. *´¨)¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨)
    (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

  • Two French Bulldogs

    Merry Christmas
    Benny & Lily

  • http://www.romancepuppy.blogspot.com Sallie and Alien

    Merry Christmas!

    Hugs,

  • jack & moo

    Great Christmas picitures!
    Merry Christmas!

    Jack & Moo

  • http://www.thosebrindlekids.blogspot.com/ Those Brindle Kids

    Greyt post for the holidays! Trying to remember that now. Partied out. Gah . . .

  • http://www.guidedogawareness.blogspot.com Brandon’s Raiser

    Merry Christmas!! What beautiful pictures :)

    -Brandon’s Raiser

  • http://www.doggiestylish.com/blog Karen Friesecke

    Merry Christmas! I hope that everyone had a happy & relaxing day. XOXO

  • Barbara

    I wish you could forget the flaming turkey, as it is nowhere near as exciting as the time we went to the neighbors for Thanksgiving (which was hard, because she was a strange cook…not bad, just odd combinations), and the turkey EXPLODED. Not kidding. We were noshing on appetizers and BANG. Turkey exploded. She was not one to “go with the flow” and I thought she was going to complain herself into a coronary. The rest of us thought it was hilarious.

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  • http://nodogaboutit.wordpress.com/ melF

    I am a little late to this post, but couldn’t help but write a comment anyways.

    First, let me just say how much I love all of your pictures. They look awesome! I have to admit my favorite one is the one of Kuster when he was a puppy. How darn adorable is he?

    I can relate to the changes that come with time, like your dad selling his house. So many of our memories are tied up in the places and traditions we had as kids. I know many of our traditions have changed as our family has grown. I am grateful for all the additional family members, but the changes it brought were an adjustment to be sure.

    As for those stories that get retold every Christmas? I’m afraid that one is about me. My first Thanksgiving in my house was a disaster that included burnt side dishes and an undercooked turkey. Everyone ended up eating hamburgers and mashed potatoes. Trust me. I wish my family would forget it too. :) There is one more notable thing that happened that Thanksgiving that I would prefer not to forget ever – Daisy came home to stay with me as my foster dog. It was her first real holiday in a home with a human family. That part is worth remembering. :)

    I hope you and Mr. Taleteller and the dogs had a lovely Christmas and didn’t tire yourself out in the process. :)

  • http://dogisgodinreverse.com/ Kari

    Merry Late Christmas

    Stop on by for a visit
    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com