Ani’s Advent – making Christmas


Dear Santa,

It’s funny, you know, you spend all year making Christmas, don’t you? But you don’t get to spend it at home. You’re running round the world making Christmas for everyone else. I wonder who makes Christmas for you? And what the best bit is for you… maybe putting your feet up with a cuppa. I can’t imagine you’d fancy another mince pie by the time you’re done. I hope you have your family there to come home to.

What makes Christmas for me is seeing everyone. It isn’t always on the same day… but IΒ  see all my two-legses over Christmas. ‘Specially my boys.


When I very first came home with her, it was one of my boys who cuddled me in the car and kept me safe. I was frighted… I was only little… I’d never been in something that roared before. And I’d just left my Mum and my family. My boy looked after me though.

I’ve never forgotten. He’s always ready for cuddles when he comes… and he sends me nice things to eat sometimes. Really, I’m his dog, but when he left to live in his own place, I stayed with her so she wouldn’t be lonely. I was s’posed to be his assistance dog, ’cause he got broken…but maybe she needs me more. It is nice to see him though and I still assist… I know how to play with him and which bits don’t work so well. He says I don’t need to worry… but I still like to be gentle and look after him.


My other boy, who is a bit younger, had already left home. He comes to see me too. I don’t feel I have to be gentle with that one… and he hasn’t worked out how to say no to ball-throwing, or cuddles, yet πŸ™‚


A couple of years ago, we got another one for Christmas too. I sniffed and sniffed when she first came home with her eyes leaking. This new one wasn’t a boy though… it was a girlie two-legs pup and she looked a bit like you… the boy said she was the best Christmas gift ever.


I think he has a point, you know. Having your two-legses around you makes Christmas special. Or maybe it isn’t just two-legses…maybe it is what they stand for… and what they really give you. Not tennis balls and cheese… though they are nice too… but the other stuff you can’t wrap up.

Maybe that’s why you don’t mind if you miss your Christmas… ’cause you are busy taking love to everyone else. Maybe it isn’t about getting presents at all…maybe the presents are just symbols for something else…that someone cares enough about you to think of you?dec2012-051

It’s complicated all this two-legs stuff. Couldn’t you put something in your sack so they’d all just know they are loved anyway?

I suppose you’d have done it by now if you could.

Much love, Ani xxx


About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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38 Responses to Ani’s Advent – making Christmas

  1. Oh Dear Ani, Truly it is fun to have the entire Family of 2 legged ones around at Christmas. They must be spoiling you with all the love and cuddles.The Pic of the new baby girl is so Adorable. Give her a small lick from me Cattie.
    Have a Merry Christmas You and Your Happy Family.

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  2. I think Ani may be your soulmate πŸ™‚

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  3. Ritu says:

    Such a wonderfully thoughtful Ani! πŸ’œ

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  4. bobcabkings says:

    I’m sure Santa must be quite touched by Ani’s thoughts. πŸ™‚

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  5. bobcabkings says:

    Reblogged this on cabbagesandkings524 and commented:
    Ani writes more to Santa.

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  6. Widdershins says:

    What a wise small dog. πŸ˜€

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  7. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Ani continues her view on Christmas.. and this time it is about the real reason we love Christmas.. because of the two-legged humans around us.

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  8. Merry Christmas, Ani. It was nice to read about all your Christmasy 2-legses. Mom doesn’t seem to have any – at least I’ve never met them – but maybe I’ll see them on Rainbow Bridge or in heaven? Anyway, its up to the two of us to make things merry – and I do my best to always make her laugh.
    Woof! Tink


  9. Who the h.e.c.k. moved my Kleenex. You’re too much, Ani. You are–you are. What a sweet face and warm heart, thinking of each two legs in your family. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ ❀


  10. What a sweet four-legs. She’s a wise girl with a good heart. I think Santa should bring her tennis balls. πŸ™‚


  11. I love having my humans around too, Ani. We also have a couple of new baby humans this year. Yours looks so cute in that little red and white outfit. I have only met one of my baby humans and she got all excited and squawked at me in a funny language, I was a bit scared actually!
    Love Roxy xxx


  12. noelleg44 says:

    Ai, I think you are the glue holding all your two-leggeds together. You certainly seem to have a good time doing it. May you have a tasty Christmas!


  13. Hi Sue, this is so lovey. Somehow, your son’s story really resonates with me, perhaps because both my boys have had such huge health issues. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family.


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