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Laying Low This Holiday Season

Laying Low this Holiday Season

I feel like we have reached the 13 mile mark of the Holiday Season Marathon. Thanksgiving is behind us and now we’re jogging towards Christmas and then onto the final home stretch to New Year’s.

My mom and I never used to have a specific holiday tradition. Some years we’ve stayed on Nantucket and celebrated with friends. Two years ago, my mom went to visit her sisters in California and I spend Christmas at a Camp Bow Wow. I missed seeing my Mom on Christmas morning, but I met a lot of new friends and Santa must have known I was staying there because he brought me a stuffed lobster and a bunch of treats.

Many times, we have packed up together and gone to her aunt’s house for a big family gathering and Yankee swap. There are always tons of people and kids and other dogs, which I love but only in small amounts. By the time dessert rolls around, I’m tired of the kids pulling on my ears. And Uncle Frank always feeds me sugar cookies which make me feel sick and gets me in trouble. As soon as all the gifts are exchanged, I’m nosing at my mom’s legs to let her know I’m ready to go home.

Last year we decided to start a new and simpler tradition. My grandma and grandpa come down Christmas Eve and we spend a few days sharing home-cooked meals, long walks and peaceful evenings hanging around the house.

We like driving out to Sconset and walking down to the beach to see all the houses all closed up. My family spends the afternoon preparing dinner, while I curl up on my bed and watch for any scraps that might tumble to the floor. After dinner, they play games or just sit around talking.

My mom and I usually work on a new trick for me to show my grandparents. Last year I learned how to lay down and then cross my legs like a lady. This year we have something new to show them, but they read this column I don’t want to ruin the surprise.

One of my favorite things to do is to gather on the couch and watch a Christmas movie. We all have our preferred holiday film, so we usually take a vote. I always vote for “Muppets Christmas Carol”. My mom likes “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Grandma loves “While You Were Sleeping” and my Grandpa never lets the holiday pass without watching “The Ref.” Maybe it’s time to add to our choices. Any ideas?

Whatever your tradition is, I hope you have a safe and happy holiday.

J Dawg, who voices the paws-on-the-ground perspective of island life, is created by Janet Forest, owner of Nantucket Pet Sitter, which you can follow on Facebook, too.


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I too love Muppets Christmas Carol, alas Netflix doesn't carry it!  Other faves are: Scrooged and Lampoon's Vacation of course :) Happy Holidays to all the dogs!

All I know is that is the coolest looking dog ever and sooooo cute.