Christmas is almost here. There is still so much to do and so little time. Are you frantically trying to come up with a more fun gift for Aunt Sally than those pair of slippers you bought last week? Or struggling to find some time to go shopping for the ingredients to that new cookie recipe you want to make for the dessert table on Christmas Day? It can be overwhelming!
My hope is that you will take the time to “stop and smell the roses”, as it were, to really enjoy the holiday, not just be driven stir crazy by it.
Maybe those slippers aren’t the most innovative gift for Aunt Sally, but they will certainly keep her feet warm. And those cookies, even though delicious, can wait another year to be made.
Make some tea, light a candle, and sit down.
Let your cat sit in your lap as you sip your tea, petting her soft ears and listening to her calm purring. Notice all those lovely colors in her fur, and feel the warmth of her body.
Take your dog for a walk, share a fun game of tug, and give him the belly rub he so loves. Look deep into his eyes, and “see” the amazing soul that lives behind them.
Feel all your stress melt away.
Oh, what would we do without the pets in our lives!! They keep us sane, they are our confidants, and they make us feel very loved.
May you, your family and your pets have a loving and blessed Holiday together!
Unni Heineking, Executive Director