Charlie Bear here…
You thought I was going to say: Love the ones you’re with.
Well, guess what? I am, but with a caveat, which I’ll get to in a minute.
For now, let me say this: sometimes, people aren’t here that we want to love. A husband, wife, child, mom, dad, sister, brother, friend. We miss them so much. Maybe they are gone from this physical world or just far, far away like in the military or in another state.
What’s the medicine for missing those who aren’t here?
Love the ones you’re with. Whoever you are spending Christmas with, love them as best you can. I think it’s good not to sulk in the corner with a bone, gnashing your teeth on it and being sullen. I think it’s better to partake in the festivities, whatever they are. Maybe it’s sharing a bowl of kibble with a sister dog, or taking a stroll around the neighborhood and lifting your leg on every single bush and tree you both can find.
Or maybe put on your pet sweater and go out with your Peeps to see Christmas lights. There are always a few streets in town that go all out. The dazzling displays do help to lift even a sad mood. And the fun thing for you? You get to put smooshy licky-faces on the car windows.
And now back to the beginning caveat: I also say love the ones you miss. Do something to honor them and their memory if they are gone. Like hang an ornament on the tree with their picture in it. That’s what we do for Rex, cause we all love him and miss him so. And Mom Peep hangs a photo of Baby Hailey, her great-granddaughter who is in heaven.
So Merry Christmas, and love those who are around you with all your heart. And in your heart, continue to love those who aren’t here.
Wiggles and woofs,