Can I blame it on the rain? I have been devouring holiday traditions like a reindeer on too much eggnog. Perhaps it’s the persistently snow-less weather or the fact that I’ve not had a chance to do a bit of shopping, but in every other way I am doing my utmost to be as festive as possible. No one can accuse me of not getting into the spirit!
And it’s not just goofy antlers on my forgiving dog either! I’ve downed more gingerbread lattes than should be legal, dressed up as Santa to support the Nova Scotia SPCA, sung my favourite holiday songs every day in the shower, and stuffed my face with shortbread. I’m also in the middle of reading Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and have A Charlie Brown Christmas prepped for the DVD player.
Tradition, we know how to do it right.
Another custom I have this time of year is taking advantage of the five free downloads offered by Through a Dog’s Ear. They always arrive just when the holiday stress starts to build. Though concert pianist Lisa Spector performed the pieces to help anxious dogs, I find the music does wonders to calm frazzled humans as well.
I have admired her work long before I met Lisa at BarkWorld. Now that I have spoken with her and learned a little about what inspired the project, I am even more appreciative of her generous gift during the insane winter season. Her latest blog post shows a passion and understanding for dogs and their comfort and is reflective of her warm personality.
Unfortunately, there are only two selections left! Today’s free download is one of my favourites by Rachmaninoff. I have been listening to it while writing this post and I know I feel more relaxed already. If I close my eyes I can picture a warm fire in the place of my television screen and my Christmas tree already up and decorated instead of still in its box.
Music is a powerful thing. Maybe if I keep listening all of my cards will be posted for me too.
Do you have any favourite traditions?