Although I’ve lived in Ithaca 12 years now, I still miss my favorite Christmas traditions from Philadelphia. In my mind, there’s nothing like Christmas in a big city. And a small town that empties out at the end of December just can’t compete.
Luckily, I have Honey. And together, we’ve made our own Dog-Friendly Christmas traditions.
Instead of me going to a Handel’s Messiah Sing Along*, Honey and I enter the bathroom (good acoustics) for a rousing rendition of the Howl-a-lujah Chorus.
We don’t have grand department store window displays. So instead, Honey and I walk around the neighborhood looking at Christmas decorations. When we find someone eating dinner inside their houses, we stand there and drool.
Since I can’t hear the world’s largest pipe organ playing Christmas carols in Wannamakers, we count the number of stores selling glass pipes downtown (6 in a two block radius).
There’s no big Jewish at Christmas event to make me wonder if my Jewish friends are having more fun than I am so Honey and I stroll around making sure all the Chinese restaurants are actually closed for the day.
Since I don’t go to midnight Mass in Ithaca, I can stay home to see if Honey speaks at midnight, like they say in the old legends. I guess I’d better take a nap or I’ll miss it once again.
Of course, I have gotten one big Christmas gift in Ithaca. Thanks to Honey we’re able to foster other dogs. And this year we have Ginny with us for the holidays.
Maybe a small town celebration isn’t so bad after all. Especially if it’s a dog-friendly Christmas.
Your Turn: Do you have any special dog-friendly ways of celebrating the winter holidays?
*If you want to sing along with the video, the first solo begins around 20 minutes in.