Important Information about Giving Pets at Christmas

child-1007806_640Family pets are a treasure and Christmas is a great time to gift them, if the situation is ideal. They can delight someone in ways you never thought possible. However, you have to consider a lot of things before taking this plunge. Every year, too many cats and dogs are returned after Christmas, left alone and confused about what happened to their home. Then they spend months waiting for a new home and it’s incredibly sad.

If you want to get a pet for Christmas, I have a few tips.

The first is for couples, especially new couples. Too many times a boyfriend or girlfriend will try to be cute by gifting a puppy or kitten. Then the couple breaks up and multiple hearts are broken. Unless you’re engaged or sure you will stay together for the animal’s life, I strongly suggest finding another gift. I’ve been in this situation in the past and it’s not worth it, just trust me. Unless you’re ready to start a family, don’t bring a pet into the mix.

The next is for newlyweds and new families. Make sure everyone is on board. If you’ve been thinking about getting a dog or cat for a while, great. If you know it’s something you have time and money to support, go for it. However, if you’re only doing it to please your child and one or more hearts isn’t really in it, try to find something else. For most kids, the novelty of a pet won’t wear off, but for some it will. Make sure you kid is aware of the responsibility of taking care of the animal. You also want to ensure that you’ll have the time to care for the pet when kids are away for the night, busy with school work, or simply just out being kids.

If you’re committed to a life-long companionship with a cat, dog, bunny, or other animal, then a pet is the perfect Christmas gift for your significant other or family. If this blog post made you have second thoughts, wait on it for a few months. If you still feel the desire for a pet, consider it and discuss it with friends and family to see if it’s right for you.

Sherrie Carter

Finding the Perfect Christmas Stocking

Christmas stockings are a wonderful tradition, each stocking should represent who it is for. Some families have matching stockings, which is utterly adorable. Others have themes. I always had my own unique stocking, but it always fit into a theme with my sisters. One year, we all had Trollz stockings and we LOVED them. Keep in mind, I grew up in the 90’s so Trollz were all the rage, okay?

Last year, my sister made personalized stockings for the entire family. Mine was a beautiful hand-stitched stocking with a gorgeous picture of the universe on it. My nephew had a broken bone at the time, so she made his in the shape of a cast and it was hilarious. The thought and effort that went into getting us stockings that matched our personality was amazing. We were all blown away.

You can have the same reaction this year! Consider some DIY options that represent the individual you’re making a stocking for. If you don’t have time for DIY stockings, browse through some of our themed stockings below! You’re sure to find something perfect! Click the photos to learn more or browse other stockings like these!

Casino Style

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Camo

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Cowboy

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Princess

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TV & Movie Lovers

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Family Guy!
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Christmas Vacation!
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Metallic

 

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Sherrie Carter

How to Shape Artificial Christmas Garland

How to Shape Artificial Christmas GarlandsGet the most out of your artificial Christmas garland. The fluffing and shaping of your new garland makes a dramatic difference in the look and feel of your décor. Follow our quick guide below to take your garland from ordinary to extraordinary with ease!

 

  • Carefully unpack garland from the protective packaging

 

  • Place the garland on a flat scratch resistant surface and straighten to full length

 

  • Plug the light cord lead into an UL approved extension cord, at least 6′ long

 

  • The best look will be achieved by shaping the garland while lit

 

  • Start from either end and randomly fan each branch toward the center and consistently toward one end

 

  • Apply this technique to the entire garland to attain fullness and best look

 

  • Hang the garland in the desired location and adjust the foliage into its final arrangement