This time of year I always struggle to find my festive spirit. I know it must be down there somewhere. Everyone has a celebratory side, right? Mine must get lost amidst holiday card hand cramps and the stress of knowing I only have two weeks and I haven’t purchased a single thing. When I was a kid it was easy to be excited. I never understood why my mother always looked to the holidays with dread.
Well, Mom, I get it now. And I am sorry. Reason #182 for why I should never have children.
I find what helps the most is involvement. Kinda like Charlie Brown. I need to participate in holiday activities in order to kindle whatever flame may be lurking in my frazzled heart. If there is a play going on, I need to buy tickets. If there is an office Secret Santa game, I need to sign up. If there is a tree-lighting ceremony, I need to volunteer. The more things I do, hopefully the more I will feel the love.
That’s the idea anyway.
Yesterday on Vizsla Inspiration I read about a fantastic holiday photo contest put on by Life+Dog Magazine. It seems every Friday they run a small pet photo contest with a particular theme. Today’s theme is “Holiday Dogs”. But that’s not what interested me the most. As part of IAMS Home For The Holidays campaign, IAMS is donating 100 Meals to homeless animals in need for every photo submitted to this week’s contest. Now that is the kind of thing that is guaranteed to help perk up my spirits!
Cookies in hand, I once more conned Shiva into posing for me. It may not be professional quality, but it’s worth at least 100 meals.
She looks so thrilled about it too.
There is still time to enter and help homeless pets. Life+Dog will be accepting photos until midnight tonight. Check out their Facebook page to see the pictures already submitted. Some of the images have already given me the traditional warm-and-fuzzy feelings.
Also, I have mentioned this before, Two Little Cavaliers has come up with a unique way of helping pets during the holidays. Called “Social Media for Social Good”, they are encouraging bloggers to sign up to promote their Facebook Fan Pages, Twitter links, and their Google+ pages for just $10 for all 3 links. The $10 will be divided 60/40. $6.00 will be given to the winner’s charity and $4.00 will be given toward the winner’s cash prize. It’s a super-fun way to combine holiday commercialism and animal welfare! Guaranteed Charlie Brown-approved.
Hopefully I have helped others out there like me, suffering under the holiday blues. Even if the holiday spirit passes me by again this year, knowing I have done something to help animals in need prevents me from going total Grinch. The Whos will be safe from my wrath for another season.