Ani’s Advent – Too old for Christmas?


Dear Santa,

I hope things are going well up there at the North Pole. I’m getting a bit worried here. When she came home, finally, from another of her trips, we were sat cuddling and sharing her dinner on the sofa and she was talking about Christmas. She was really tired, says she’s almost driven to the North Pole and back the past few days so I might be worrying about nothing. Maybe she was just too tired.


I mean, she’d had to mop up half a fish tank full of water when she got in. It’s still leaking and she’s still saying bad words. And then she had to bury one of the fish… or what was left of it anyway. So she was feeling a bit glum. Maybe that’s why she said it. She said Christmas is best for young ones… and then she said maybe she was ‘getting too old for this’! Do you think she meant too old for Christmas? I’m hoping she just meant the mopping.


It doesn’t sound like anything she’d usually say! She  isn’t normally bothered by anything as daft as years… says we are all still pups inside and would be the better for letting our insides out to play… or something like that. She thinks a lot of two-legses forget about letting their inner pup enjoy getting into adventures.


I got into lots of adventures when I was a pup. I still do, but these days they are all called ‘trouble’. It’s weird that… I’m not doing anything different, but two-legses smile at little pups, even when they are gardening where they shouldn’t… but they aren’t so pleased when you do the same things as a growed-up dog. Maybe that’s what she meant?


Well, as far as I’m concerned, I’m still a pup inside…even if certain people can’t see that…or are too tired to feel like pups themselves. And I like Christmas…and turkey…and cheese and stuff. She should probably just curl up and sleep for a bit. It’s what I do when I’m tired, but she just sighs and does the yawny thing. These two-legses don’t seem to listen very well to their bodies, do they?


I think, p’raps I should just go and sit on her for a bit. It usually stops her running round… even if she does say things about the size of my rump these days.

I’ve only grown on the outside though. Inside, I’m still the same small dog she brought home all those years ago and the world is still full of wonder and adventures.

I hope it stays that way too. For both of us.

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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60 Responses to Ani’s Advent – Too old for Christmas?

  1. We are never to old to enjoy Yule. Perhaps the prep for it is a bit tiring but we usually find our energy a few days before it all needs to be finished.[I hope]


  2. Ritu says:

    You need to go wake the chrismas spirit in her up again Ani!!!
    Maybe she is just very tired. I prescribe a good rest!!! 🎅🎄


  3. jenanita01 says:

    Lovely photo of you as a pup, Ani… I hope you never change and stay just as you are!


  4. Never too old. Ani knows!


  5. Mary Smith says:

    Definitely sounds like she needs a good long rest, Ani. I haven’t started preparing for Christmas yet, either, but it will all get done – I hope.


  6. You keep a good eye on your Mum Ani. You know how to comfort her when she’s feeling tired and stressed. xx Maggie


  7. ksbeth says:

    don’t worry ani, you can never outgrow christmas, age is a state of mind )


  8. Dreamt I was visiting your mom, Ani. You were all white, though, but not with age ;-). Your mom was making bread an olive long and an herb, I believe…not sure they were for you…xo


  9. bobcabkings says:

    Ani, I hope you stay a pup inside all your life – never too old, and help keep your two leggeds young inside too.


  10. Morgan says:

    Blessings to You beautiful Ani and your Mummy too. Remember, The True Spirit of Christmas LIVES within us and Smiles each time we do….Or Barks…depending 🙂 Happiest Yuletide Blessings~


  11. Tiredness does a lot of energy sapping. I bet that’s all she meant because thinking about everything is so overwhelming now. Go sit on her. Make her slow down. Good idea. 😀 😀


  12. adeleulnais says:

    Aww Ani, thats is the best wisdom ever. I gets into trouble for finding the bugs that hide in the lawn, I’m doing them a favour. I love my two legges and they need to rest too they just don’t always running doing things. much paw love Dante x


  13. Widdershins says:

    Ani sitting on you … now there’s a picture in the making. 🙂


  14. Eliza Waters says:

    Aw, Ani was such a sweet little puppy – but aren’t they all? 🙂


  15. oneta hayes says:

    It is sort of sad to cage our “inner pups,” isn’t it?


  16. dgkaye says:

    Lol Ani, you have a way with words – adventures have turned to trouble. 🙂


  17. In some way, we are all still pups. About something. If not Christmas, than something else. At least, I hope we are. We need a little piece of retained child in our souls.


  18. I’m let my inner pup, out a lot of the time too Ani. My human has been racing around today getting lots of things and then putting them in coloured paper of all things. I don’t know what all that is about!
    I hope your human feels better soon. Once mine got that skinny tree and put shiny things on it, she is starting to feel ‘festive’ whatever that means!!


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Mine’s not a happy two-legs tonight. She left the doors open for me and it is all wet out there. Something had been digging in the garden…so I had to investigate! She doesn’t seem to like the black pawprints on the cream sofa though…:( xxx


  19. noelleg44 says:

    Thanks for reminding us all about our inner puppy, Ani. I think you are right – your two-legged is probably just tired from all the build up and traveling, Once she has a chance to rest up and get some good cuddling in, she’ll get into the spirit. How great that she has you!


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