Deck the halls and trim the tree, December is here and that means Christmas decorations!
This will be our third Christmas with Oscar as a member of our family. That dog takes after his Momma, he loves Christmas – especially the “opening presents” part.
I mentioned last week that we are being a little cautious this year, since this is Cooper’s first (hopefully only!) Christmas season at Foster House. Although he’s been doing amazingly better recently, he does have a bit of a checkered past in the destruction department.
So first, I went through all our Christmas ornaments and pulled out all my favorites and breakables, and set them aside – they’re taking the year off. Thankfully, I have a bit of what I like to call an “after Christmas shopping problem,” which means I hit up Pier 1 and World Market on December 26th like it’s my job and snatch up all their adorable ornaments for a steal. This means I have plenty to choose from.
Then we hit up a local Christmas tree lot and scavenged some scrap tree trimmings. Foster Dad fashioned them into a little make-shift wreath (just for fun) and we brought it into the house and left it on the floor for a few days, where we would eventually put the tree. We wanted to see how Cooper would react to “nature” inside the house. Would he chew on it? Pee on it? Attack it? Who knows.
Thankfully, he did none of the above – he gave it a little sniff, decided it wasn’t worth his time and didn’t give it a second thought. So the next step was bringing in the tree. We got a lovely tree this year through a fundraiser that donated all their proceeds from tree sales to single moms in the Nashville area to help them buy Christmas presents for their kids. Much better than “donating” my hard-earned cash to the nearest big box hardware store with trees out front, amIright?
So, a little wreath was one thing, but a big ol’ tree right in the middle of the living room – what would Cooper make of this?
Not a thing – didn’t phase him a bit! After he didn’t react at all to Frasier (the Fraser, of course) invading his space, we commenced with the decking of the halls.
Oscar approves, and Cooper couldn’t care less. I’ll take it! Now, to hang our stockings with care someplace they won’t be bothered…
Do you deck the halls at your house? How do you and your pups get ready for the holidays?
Cooper is still searching for his Furever Home! If you’d like to add Cooper to your family, please fill out an adoption application with Agape Animal Rescue.