Meta: Exploring the link between Christmas and animals.
Christmas means embracing time with your loved ones and who do you love more than the four legs and wagging tail in your house, hence your dogs or other pets also deserve to bask in the festive atmosphere and fun that is the Christmas season. Now, it isn’t just dogs that should be thought about this time of year, your hamster, cat or fishes can also join in on the experience, just like the many animals in the manger helped welcome in Jesus when he was born. You might feel a little lost wondering how exactly to spoil and integrate your relatives from another species – although there are many human relatives that can behave as if they are from another species. Hence, we here at SirHoliday decided to track down and find out as much as possible about bringing animals into the fold of Christmas celebrations.
There are plenty of animals that have come to play a meaningful role in the Christmas celebrations, but none can argue that reindeers have the most important job of all because reindeers fly all over the world delivering Santa Clause at light speed to all of the good boys and girls out in the world. Another animal that has integral meaning to Christmas but one that you haven’t probably thought of is camels, camels carried the Three Wise Men across the sands of the deserts straight into the manger where Jesus was born. And if you think donkeys were purely there to look gorgeous at petting zoos you’d be wrong. Donkeys are incredibly important to the story because you guessed it; a donkey was the form of transportation Mary and Joseph used to get to Bethlehem.
There are other animals such as doves, which are often placed within nativity scenes; the doves can often be shown with a branch from an olive tree in their mouth symbolizing peace and prosperity. However, there are other animals who have made it into the Christmas family but have absolutely nothing to do with the original Christmas story and are purely included thanks to their icy homes. Penguins, polar bears and seals can all thank the snow for the fact that they get to be a part of Christmas, that and they all just look so adorable as Christmas teddy bears. Many of these animals can often be seen gracing the cover of your Christmas cards or as the star in a Christmas movie or two.
However, it isn’t only all the animals in the manger who have become an integral part of Christmas and many of them don’t even owe their prominence due to Biblical origins, oh no our house pets or rather four legged friends have swept right into Christmas for no other reason than they’ve taken over our hearts. You should probably bear in mind though, that not every animal is necessarily willing to dress up as a reindeer or as a member of Santa’s workshop, which is slightly unfortunate considering just how cute they look when they are all kitted out.
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Manger scene link:
Reindeer in snowfield
Dog in Santa hat:
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