Saturday, December 31, 2022

Happy New Year's Eve!

For the New Year tomorrow, and for the final days of the Twelve Days of Christmas, we'll finally share some of the new festive doodles I've been working on. For today, though, we thought we'd go with the short series of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day doodles we first shared a couple of years ago.

We hope that your 2022 ends with peace and joy, and that your 2023 is filled good health, happiness, and many blessings.

Happy New Year's Eve! And Merry Seventh Day of Christmas!


Tip of the Day

We've been discussing care of ferals and strays during the winter months, and over the past few days our discussions have all been about food and water. We do have yet another tip on this specific topic. When it comes to offering food to ferals and strays, try to keep the location and timing of the feedings as consistent as possible. Keeping a predictable feeding schedule and food location can help an outdoor cat know when and where they can find food. Conserving energy is a very important thing for outdoor animals in the winter, and knowing when and where they can successfully venture out for a meal can indeed help ferals and strays save much needed energy, rather than wasting their energy only to find no food present at their feeding station. Therefore, if you feed ferals and strays, keep in mind that it is very beneficial to the animals if you keep their food on a consistent schedule and in the same location.

Friday, December 30, 2022

Friendly Fill-Ins and Photo Fails

Hello and happy Friday, friends! I'm so sorry we're so late to post again. I'm still getting used to all the meds that Evan needs to take and when he needs to take them since he got home from his hospitalization on Wednesday for his urinary blockage. He's overall doing good and is urinating on his own, but we're working on keeping him medicated as well as trying to get him onto a diet more suited for urinary tract health.

All that said, are you ready for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge? We'd love for you to join us! My amazing co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two fill-in statements, and I came up with the second two.

1. _________ is my focus word for 2023.

2. 2022 was _________.

3. _________ is the most important lesson I learned over the past year. 

4. I hope 2023 is the year that _________.

My answers are below in bold.

1. Breathe is my focus word for 2023.
(I struggled to come up with what could be my focus word for 2023, and I don't know whether what I settled on is cheesy or not. The reason behind my choice is that sometimes I let life, work, and all that jazz get to me in ways that cause me to crumble under pressure. I have some lofty goals that I have been trying to achieve for quite some time now, but when things get tough, I tend to get overwhelmed and then fail to be able to focus on any one thing, which means that not even a single thing I want to achieve gets accomplished. So, in 2023, I'm trying to remind myself to just breathe, stay calm, and focus on one thing at a time if need be.)

2. 2022 was a rollercoaster.
(This answer heavily relates to #3 and #4 below, if you need more reference material. The first half of the year or more was mostly smooth sailing, at least from what I can recall. Then September hit and my furbabies starting breaking, and suddenly it was like going up and down those parts of a rollercoaster that make you feel like you're going to vomit up your own stomach.)

3. The fact that I can't control everything is the most important lesson I learned over the past year.
(I don't know that I'm the worst control freak you'll ever meet, but I'm certainly not the best you'll ever meet. My furabies and their health are probably the main reason I was reminded this year that I have to accept the fact that I simply can't and won't always be in complete control of things. I just have to do my best to deal with life and its curveballs as they come my way. A bit more on that in #4 below.)

4. I hope 2023 is the year that my kitties and pup have no medical emergencies.
(This certainly is no guarantee, but a girl can hope. Honestly, over half of 2022 wasn't all that bad with regard to my furbabies' health. Then September happened, when pup Astrid tore her CCL. She had her surgery in early October and was on crate rest for many, many weeks. She's now nearly 12 weeks post-surgery and doing great. Then the day after Christmas happened, when Evan ended up with a urinary blockage. I am changing Evan's diet and giving him meds in hopes of preventing another blockage, and I'm begging 2023 to keep my kitties and pup healthy and happy.)

Now it's your turn!
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You are also welcome to complete the fill-ins in the comments below,
or in the comments on Ellen's blog, 15andmeowing.


And now it's time for the Pet Photo Fails Blog Hop, hosted by none other than Melissa and Mudpie of Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries, & Meows.

Our resident blooper queen Eddy of course has some outtakes to share. Eddy has somehow not yet shared any photos of her climbing her beloved Christmas tree, but she's remedying that now with these perfectly blurry bloopers.

Blurry, tree-climbing Eddy and all of us here wish you a Merry Sixth Day of Christmas!

Festive Flashback Doodle of the Day

Yesterday's doodle was an image that heavily inspired this year's Christmas card, but that doodle was actually first inspired by this one. If you look at them all side by side, they're all really quite similar.


Tip of the Day

Today's tip on winter feral care is to remember to put water out for ferals and strays you care for. This sounds and often feels impossible, given that water freezes in cold temperatures. However, it is often possible to make water accessible to ferals or strays even in the winter months. Yesterday's tip discussed ways to successfully feed moist food to ferals in the winter, and most of those methods will also work for water. You can start by simply checking the water as often as possible, and removing ice or refreshing the water to ensure that it remains a liquid and not a frozen solid. You can also warm the water bowl, or even put out warm water, to delay its freezing. Other options include putting microwavable heat pads beneath the water bowl, using an electric heated bowl, or using another heat source in the area where the water is kept. With all such options, though, always keep safety in mind, and only choose and use heated products that best prevent burns and fires.

There are a couple of other considerations to make when putting water outside for ferals and strays in the winter months. To begin, try to keep water bowls elevated off of the cold ground as much as possible, to help keep it from freezing rapidly. In addition to this, using a deep bowl inside of a wide bowl will also help it to freeze less rapidly. Another option is to have a source of running water, such as by offering water in some sort of fountain, as moving water does not as easily freeze. And yet another way to help keep water from freezing rapidly in the winter is to put the bowl in the sun.

It also important to note that, as much as is possible, try to avoid putting water near where ferals or strays might sleep. This is because spills can indeed happen, and damp bedding material can make warmth and comfort difficult. So, there are many considerations to make when successfully offering water to ferals and strays in the winter months, but it is indeed possible, and of course also beneficial to them and their health.

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Thankful Thursday with Evan

Hello, friends! We certainly didn't mean for this post to go up so late, especially since we know you wonderful friends of ours might be waiting for an update on Evan. Things have been a bit hectic since yesterday afternoon, but for a good reason.

First and foremost, Evan is back home!

Evan and I are both beyond ecstatic that he's back where he belongs. Evan was able to urinate on his own after his urinary catheter was removed at the vet yesterday, which made the staff at the vet and of course myself very, very happy. As a result, I was able to bring him home last night.

Now that he's home, Evan is getting a number of medications, which he's not terribly happy about. That said, he really is a great patient, for which I am beyond grateful. His main medications are an anti-spasmodic (prazosin) and pain meds (buprenorphine), and I also started him back on amitriptyline since his urethral blockage was likely related to some sort of stress or anxiety. One of the most common times for stress-related blockages in cats to occur is the holiday season due to the hustle and bustle, and now I want to do all that I can to ensure that my boy stays happy and healthy year round.

I am also going to do my best to keep Evan on a urinary tract health diet. The vet and I discussed how a urinary tract health diet can be crucial to preventing future blockages. This certainly won't be easy in a house with 5 other cats, especially with some of those other cats being very picky and finicky. That said, I can use Evan's hind limb paralysis to my advantage, because I can elevate the other cats' food bowls while keeping his on the floor. I'm also on the hunt for some urinary tract health treats, because this orange boy is my biggest treat eater and I can't fathom never giving him treats again.

Evan has luckily continued to urinate on his own in his box since he got home. What I find strange, though, is that he hasn't had any sign of his usual urinary incontinence since he got home. At least not yet. That admittedly concerns me, as I'm already paranoid he's going to get blocked again, but since he's passing normal amounts of urine when he goes to his box, I'm trying not to freak myself out.

Overall, Evan is doing well, and I cannot express how grateful I am to have him home again. I don't think Thimble will mind if this week Evan and I take over our contribution to Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop, because the fact that he's home and recovering from his urinary blockage is something for which he and I are beyond thankful.

Evan is also grateful that he can now finally participate in more of our Twelve Days of Christmas celebrations.

Even if he's feeling a bit drugged out on buprenorphine, Evan is still in the Christmas spirit. Sort of.

Thank you all again for the purrs, prayers, and thoughts for Evan! He and I are both so very grateful for all of you.

Merry Fifth Day of Christmas!


Last but not least, we do finally have for you the fill-in statements for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. My amazing co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the fist two, and I came up with the second two.

1. _________ is my focus word for 2023.

2. 2022 was _________.

3. _________ is the most important lesson I learned over the past year. 

4. I hope 2023 is the year that _________.

We'll see you tomorrow, friends!

Festive Flashback Doodle of the Day

Today's festive flashback doodle is actually from 2 years ago, and it's what at least partially inspired our Christmas card image for this year.

I'm glad there is still a little over a week in the Twelve Days of Christmas, as I really do have some new Christmas doodles that are so close to being ready to share. This holiday season really took a turn, but that's okay. Things could always be worse.

Tip of the Day

Yesterday we discussed feeding feral and stray cats outdoors in the cold winter months. As we mentioned yesterday, dry food is a good option in the winter, as it will not freeze like moist food. However, moist food still has its benefits, and so today we're here to give some tips on how to feed moist food outdoors in the cold months with at least some success. To begin, you can resort to putting moist food out only when you know the cat or cats you feed are present, so that they will be able to eat it immediately, giving it little to no time to freeze. Sometimes, though, you might not know when a feral or stray cat will show up for a meal. In such cases, there are ways to potentially offer moist food to ferals and strays, without the moist food freezing rapidly.

To begin, you can simply check on the status of moist food as often as possible, and warm or replace food that has become frozen. What's more, a source of heat will obviously help keep moist food from freezing at a fast rate, although you of course have to ensure that this source of heat is safe. This could mean doing something as simple as warming the bowl in which you put the moist food, or warming the moist food itself, to a safe temperature. There are also both electric and non-electric heat sources that can work for keeping bowls and their contents warm. For example, there are microwavable or otherwise warmable heating pads that can be placed under bowls to help prevent the rapid freezing of moist food that is fed to outdoor cats in the winter. There are also electric heated bowls that could keep moist food warm enough to prevent freezing. Other options of course include using a more extensive heat source within an entire feeding station or shelter, details which we will further discuss in upcoming tips. One important detail, though, as we mentioned just a few moments ago, is ensure that any heat source you use is safe and that it will not cause burns or fires. Always do your research before using any item that entails electricity and heating, and choose and use accordingly and wisely.

The last note to make here is that you should still of course make sure that moist food is not spoiling, such as if it manages to get too warm or sits out for too long. If a heated bowl or heat pad causes moist food to remain warm for long periods of time, do be sure to remove any uneaten food prior to spoilage. It might be cold outside during the winter months, but depending on the methods you use and the duration of time that outdoor cats' moist food is sitting out, it is always best to be aware of the potential for gastrointestinal or other issues that could result from the consumption of spoiled food.

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

An Evan Update on the Fourth Day of Christmas

Hello, friends! Thank you all for the purrs, prayers, thoughts, and overall support for Evan. It's more appreciated than I could ever explain. Evan is still hospitalized as a result of his urinary blockage on Monday morning, but the vet plans on removing his catheter this morning, and as soon as he proves he can urinate on his own, he can come home.

Yesterday I got to visit and cuddle with Evan at the vet clinic where he's being hospitalized.

I indeed snapped some photos during my visit with Evan, and though they're certainly nothing high quality, I'm happy to share them anyway. Though you can't tell in the photos, Evan was making lots of biscuits and purring a ton for me. I felt so bad leaving him again, but I keep telling myself he's where he needs to be to get better, and he'll be home with me again very soon.

The cone of shame is in the background of those last two photos because Evan has to wear it in the hospital so that he doesn't remove his urinary catheter, or his IV catheter. I did get photos of his urinary catheter and all that jazz, but in case anyone out there gets queasy, I'll refrain from sharing those.

There are a couple updates the vet gave me that I don't think I've shared yet with you wonderful friends of ours. First, though many cases of blocked cats results in elevated kidney values or other such issues, Evan's case was caught early enough that his kidneys did not suffer. Except for low potassium that resolved within 24 hours, Evan's bloodwork has looked great since he arrived at the hospital. Second, when Evan first showed up at the hospital, there was a lot of blood coming from his urethra, in what little urine he was producing at that time. His urine has cleared up immensely since then. The vet almost considered removing Evan's catheter after 24 hours, but he was still passing a few blood clots through his urinary catheter this morning, so we opted to give it another 24 hours to ensure that no clots or other complications cause him to immediately block up again. That's the last thing we want.

I will be discussing with the vet their recommendations on trying to prevent a recurrence of this in the future. I'm hoping putting Evan back on the anti-anxiety drug amitriptyline could help, since his blockage was likely caused by inflammation in his ureter, which is often caused by stress of some sort. Whether it was the holiday craziness or something else, I want to help Evan stay calm and happy, and he always did well on amitriptyline in the past. 

Thank you all again for you kind words for Evan. This community is a blessing, and you're all amazing. Evan and I will post more updates tomorrow, hopefully those updates involving him recovering at home.


Festive Flashback Doodle of the Day

I admittedly have not had the time or mindset to top off or scan our new, neglected Christmas doodles over the past couple of days. When Evan is home with me, though, I'll be spending lots of time cuddled up with him on the couch. While I do that, I'll try to get all caught up on those new doodles so that they can be shared during our Twelve Days of Christmas celebration.

All that said, here's today's festive flashback doodle in honor of this Fourth Day of Christmas!

Tip of the Day

We've started a series of tips on how you can assist strays and ferals during the cold winter months. Today's tip regards feeding strays and ferals, and it is to make sure you understand the pros and cons of feeding dry versus moist food during the winter months. Dry food often takes more energy than moist food to digest, and animals need to conserve as much energy as possible to stay warm in the winter. However, that being said, moist food that is not immediately eaten can freeze during the winter months due to its high moisture content. For this reason, it is typically best to ensure that dry food is offered to strays and ferals in the winter months, as it will not freeze and therefore will be readily available even after sitting out for some time. All in all, though, it is possible and often beneficial to feed both dry and moist food to outdoor strays and ferals. Tomorrow we will further discuss how to successfully feed moist food to strays and ferals in the winter.

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Purrs and Prayers Request for Evan

Hello, friends. This isn't the post that was supposed to go up today, but we're here requesting purrs and prayers for Evan. He's at the emergency vet with a urinary blockage that happened very suddenly yesterday morning.

At about 8 am yesterday, Evan urinated like normal and then went on to eat, play, and overall act like his happy self. By 9 am, though, he was suddenly straining to urinate and all that was coming out was incredibly bloody urine. I rushed him to our local emergency vet since our usual vet was closed for Christmas still. At first they were not sure he was even blocked, and I was hoping it was just a UTI since he has a history of those. His bladder was the size of a golf ball, much smaller than a typical blocked cat, but he'd also just urinated a very normal amount just over an hour earlier. After further examining and testing, the vet determined that Evan was blocked, as though small, his bladder was hard and unable to be expressed.

I left Evan at the emergency vet, where he was successfully catheterized and thereby unblocked at least for now. The catheter will have to stay in place for 24 to 48 hours, and he'll be able to come home when he can urinate on his own. I miss having him at home more than I can even describe. He's my little shadow, my cat who never leaves my side, and his absence here is very, very noticed.

The vet will be calling me today once she checks his urine again at roughly the 24 hour mark. So far we know that no stones or crystals were found, and that there's no sign of infection. That means his blockage is likely due to inflammation somewhere along his ureter. This can be caused by factors like stress, and I honestly wonder if the craziness of the holiday season has gotten to Evan. He's been acting like normal, but I spent a lot of time at my parents' house this weekend, and so I wonder if that is one of the causes. I also wonder if this happened because I stopped giving him amitriptyline a few weeks ago. Evan was prescribed that years ago when he started anxiously and neurotically licking and biting himself bald on one side. A few weeks ago I was having trouble getting his amitriptyline refilled and we ran out, and when he was off of it he never went back to licking or biting himself bald, so I thought maybe he didn't need the drug anymore. Whether or not going off of that caused this, I'm going back to giving him his daily dose of amitriptyline, as it can't hurt him.

I'm feeling all shades of guilty, and all shades of worried. If you have any purrs and prayers, my boy could sure use them. Thank you all in advance for your thoughts and support. I'd be lost without this community.

Festive Flashback Doodle of the Day

I didn't forget about our Twelve Days of Christmas celebration, so for this Third Day of Christmas, here's a festive flashback in honor of my Evan.

Tip of the Day

Today's tip is one that can affect our indoor furbabies, and most certainly any strays and ferals you might feed outside. During the cold winter months, it can be beneficial to increase the amount of food you feed to the furbabies in your life. This is because animals typically eat more in the cold months in order to produce more energy and heat for their bodies. This is why you might see your kitty or pup heading toward the food bowl more often than usual in the winter months. Then again, eating more food to stay warm is something that far more affects outdoor animals than indoor animals, since the latter are able to maintain their body heat far more easily. And, of course, if you have any concerns about how much your furbaby is eating or should eat, any time of the year, discuss this with your veterinarian.

When it comes to outdoor strays and ferals, if you are accustomed to offering them food outside, perhaps do consider feeding them larger quantities of food, or feeding them more often, during the cold winter months. Their bodies use that extra food to stay warm. Over the next few days we'll be giving more detailed tips not only on feeding strays and ferals, but also offering them assistance in other ways.

Monday, December 26, 2022

Merry Second Day of Christmas!

We hope you all had a merry and blessed Christmas! Did you eat lots of food and do lots of festive celebrating? We sure did. Over here we're all stuffed and have more than a tiny food hangover, but 'tis the season.

Though a lot of people consider the festive season to be over as soon as December 26 rolls around, around here we keep celebrating. After all, Christmas Day is actually only the First Day of Christmas. We are indeed talking about the Twelve Days of Christmas. Despite all the advertisements and other mentions we see about the Twelve Days of Christmas being those leading up to the big day itself, that's actually not true at all. In Christian theology, the Twelve Days of Christmas span from the actual birth of baby Jesus until the time when he was visited by the Magi, or the three wise men. In other words, the Twelve Days of Christmas start on December 25, and that ends with January 6 being Three Kings Day, or the Epiphany.

All that to say, today is the Second Day of Christmas, and so you better believe that on this Mancat Monday none other than mancat Evan has some festive shots to share with you.

Evan is not all that happy with how this photo shoot of his went.

Not only did the far from professional photographer fail to get Evan in focus in these photos, but the Christmas tree itself was also at that time a source of annoyance for Evan.

You can't see it in these snapshots, but the tree is moving in those photos. Can you guess why? Can you?

That's why. Do you see? Do you see the calico tucked in there? Well, more like rolling around in there, because that's what Tonks was doing in the tree.

This is the kind of stuff poor Evan has to put up with when it comes to his furry siblings. Poor boy can never get any rest.

Exhausted Evan and all of us here wish you a Merry Second Day of Christmas!


Festive Flashback Doodle of the Day

Tip of the Day

Did your kitty or pup get new toys for Christmas? We're thinking many of them probably did. Now that all such new Christmas gifts have been opened and are being enjoyed, consider going through your furbaby's toy stash, pulling out the ones they don't use, and donating them to a shelter or rescue. Many shelters will accept such toys as long as they are clean, as well as easily cleaned, and in good condition. Of course, it is nonetheless always best to do your research regarding an individual shelter or rescue's requirements for donations. Donating toys that your kitty or pup has accumulated but does not use not only keeps your furbaby's toy stash at manageable levels, but also of course benefits shelter kitties and pups who are awaiting their forever homes. This might also go for unopened cans of food your furbaby will not eat, and even clean blankets they do not use. Christmas is indeed the season of giving, and even though the 25th of December has passed, that spirit of giving does not need to come to an end.

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Merry Christmas!

We wish all of our friends out there a merry Christmas, happy holidays, and all of the warm wishes and winter blessings you could ever ask for. Thank you all for making this community the amazing and inviting place it is. Peace, joy, and good tidings to all!

Pup Astrid in particular wishes you all a white Christmas!

If you prefer to enjoy yourself a white Christmas from the warmth of the indoors, Eddy wishes you that as well.

Evan of course wishes you a cozy Christmas from beneath the Christmas tree.

And Thimble, Toby, and Winky wish you a merry and bright Christmas by the light of the tree.

And you better believe Tonks is wishing you a holly jolly Christmas from, well, inside the Christmas tree!

No matter where you are, from all of us to all of you...


Tip of the Day

Christmas is often a time of remembrance, a time when memories find their way into our minds. This can sometimes make this time of year a bittersweet one, as we remember our loved ones, both human and furry, who are no longer with us. Today's tip is to of course remember lost loved ones with fondness during the beautiful holiday season, but also to find ways to include lost loved ones in the festivities, if this is something that would benefit you. There are a number of ways to keep lost furbabies' or other family members' memories alive and well during the holiday season, such as by hanging an ornament dedicated to them. One example of this includes picture frame ornaments, in which you can obviously place a photo of a lost loved one. Another example are ornaments sculpted or painted in the likeness of a lost loved one, and this of course includes ornaments made to resemble kitties or pups who have gained their angel wings.

In addition to memorial ornaments, you can also set up memorial stations in your house for lost loved ones. This memorial area can be a place where you set up photos of a lost kitty, pup, or human family member who is no longer with you. What's more, to maintain their memory and inclusion during the holidays, you can add festive decorations to the memorial area you have set up for them. You can festively light up the memorial station with lights or candles, as long as this is done in a safe manner. There are plenty of other options for using festive yet respectful decor to include a lost loved one in the holiday spirit.

Just one more of many options for keeping a lost loved one's memory alive and well during this holiday season is to make a donation or other gift in their memory. When it comes to an angel kitty or pup, you can donate goods to a shelter or rescue in their memory. You can also sponsor, or even foster or adopt, an animal in their honor. Though remembering lost loved ones during the holiday season can be a bittersweet thing, there are many ways in which to maintain a lost loved one's memory and include them in the festivities.

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Merry Christmas Eve!

Hello and Merry Christmas Eve to all!

As you can see, Thimble is eagerly awaiting and watching for Santa Paws. Eddy has also been watching out the window and watching for Santa's sleigh.

Evan is taking a more relaxed approach and is waiting for the jolly old fellow from his cozy bed beneath the Christmas tree.

Then there's Tonks, who is trying so hard to behave and stay on Santa's nice list.

Sometimes it's just not easy to be good all the time, though, and that's when things like Christmas tree ribbon destruction occurs.

As for pup Astrid, on her festive walks she's been on the lookout for the perfect Christmas tree.

Close inspections are often performed.

Astrid's favorite trees are bestowed with a gift from her bladder, which occurred to that tree there just before that last photo was snapped. How kind of Astrid, huh?

All of the above photos having been shared, I'll now admit that I jinxed myself in yesterday's post when I said that I got my laptop running a bit better. That didn't last long. I've been fighting with it in between cookie and pie baking and all that festive goodness. During those fights I managed to get all of the above photos into this post, but I have yet to succeed at getting my computer to link up with my scanner so that I can share my new Christmas doodles. I'll be figuring something out so that the Twelve Days of Christmas, which start tomorrow on Christmas itself, will be full of those new doodles, and other festive fun as well.

All that said, it is Christmas Eve as well as the day of Caturday Art, and I am luckily able to access my blog archive so that I can share one of my favorite festive flashback doodles from last year. Given the fights I've been having with my dying laptop and other technology, I thought this one was apt enough.



Tip of the Day

We recently mentioned some ways to make Christmas special for both your own furbabies and those in shelters. Today, we want to remind you to remember those furbabies who are outdoors and in your neighborhood. Do you have stray or feral cats in your area? If so, for Christmas, or any day possible, try to give them any extra help you can. During this holiday season, or all year round, try to give strays and ferals extra food, treats, or even a toy. If possible, also try to offer them shelter in some way, even if it's something makeshift. This is something that can greatly benefit them during a cold and snowy winter. We'll soon be sharing some repeat yet also significant tips on offering assistance to outdoor strays and ferals, but for now we'll offer this simple reminder to remember outdoor furbabies during this holiday season.

Since we're talking about outdoor animals, perhaps also don't forget the squirrels and birds. For Christmas, you could throw some extra food out for wildlife, to allow them an extra festive day as well. Some places even make or sell especially festive suet cakes and other goodies for outdoor critters this time of year.

So, this Christmas season, don't forget to think outside of your own home and family. Of course Christmas is a time for family, but it's also a time to remember how lucky we are, and how others may not be so lucky. So, spread the love this Christmas season.