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Twelve days of Christmas

Keep calm its nearly Christmas!

Christmas is undergoing quite the transformation in my home this year. Having two teenagers, we may have outgrown the days of adorable, wide-eyed anticipation of little ones asking when is Santa coming, but what we're gaining is just as incredible. My eldest son is home from university, and the excitement of having him here, is as good as when they were little, is truly the most precious gift I could ask for. The traditional Christmas feast I love to prepare is going to be even more special, knowing that we're all together to celebrate

I do however have a dilemma as this year we have a Cockerpoo puppy who will be 7 months and I must say I’m not holding out much hope for my trees. Yes my trees! I’ve got 2, one in the hallway and one in the living room but Im considering one in the kitchen diner too. I know someone who has 12 trees in her home at Christmas, to be fair she has a huge home 

Top tips to keep your pets safe.

Here are my 5 top tips that I will be using to avoid Christmas tree disasters this year with Larry (pictured below)

1/ Keep light cords hidden. The last thing you want is chewing of wires. 

2/ No tinsel… now this one makes me sad as I love my tinsel but I love my puppy more. Tinsel is dangerous for dogs as if digested can block their intestines so that’s a no-no. 

3/ Secure the tree to the wall. An excited pup can easily knock the tree over. 

4/ NO Chocolates or candy canes hanging from this year's tree to tempt your puppy as chocolate is poisonous to dogs. 

5/ Wait until the last minute to put those Christmas gifts under the tree. A curious puppy will have them ripped open before the big day. 

So what and when are the twelve days of christmas?

The 12 days of Christmas is the period in Christian theology that marks the time between the birth of Christ and the coming of the three wise men.
Three wise men, or Magi as they were known, whose names were Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, travelled a far distance to pay homage to Christ. It begins on December 25 (Christmas) and runs through January 6. 

Now I hear you say well I thought it was a song! Many of us think of a partridge in a pear tree when we think of the 12 days of Christmas.  

It goes from the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree to;

On the twelfth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

Now tell me you didn't sing that! I know you did.