Most of us have some sort of holiday traditions. We might have special traditions for birthdays, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years, or any other holidays celebrated throughout the year. Though we tend to refer to that time between Thanksgiving and New Years as the “holiday season.” Think about the holidays you celebrate and what traditions you have for those holidays. How many of those traditions involve your dogs?

I would venture to guess that most holidays traditions don't include your dog specifically. Though some might. If you celebrate Christmas and exchange gifts with family, does your dog get gifts too? If you make a special feast on Thanksgiving, does your dog get some of the leftovers in his dinner that evening?

Most of our holiday traditions revolve around family and friends, and as we include our dogs in more and more of our family activities, our dogs might be included in more traditions. In our household, for example, we don't focus much on gifts at Christmas, but we do take it as an opportunity to take a day off work (mostly) and spend time with our immediate family. Since we don't have children, our dogs are most certainly a part of that. An extra long walk, maybe a hike in the mountains, maybe some extra treats. Definitely lots of snuggle time.

One of our traditions around the holidays is to watch some of our favorite holiday movies and shows each year: Elf, The Santa Clause, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Year Without a Santa Clause, and others. While the dogs don't care to watch the movies with us, it's a time to spend some extra snuggle time with them or give them an extra chew to work on. So they are incorporated into our traditions in one way or another.

What holiday traditions is your dog a part of?