1. Take a pet-friendly vacation
If you're going away for a long trip, think about booking a hotel or house that is pet-friendly. That way, you don't have to leave your pets at home with a sitter or board them over the holidays.
If you're flying, many airlines allow you to bring pets for an extra fee, which probably won't be more than the cost of boarding them for a week or longer. If you're renting a car, check with the rental car company to see what their pet policies allow, and what liabilities you risk if your pet makes a mess.
2. Include them in your Christmas photos
If you send out Christmas photos or cards, be sure to include your pets in the portrait. You can hold the dog or cat in your lap while the photographer snaps the shot so they can be part of your family Christmas. You can also use the photo in a tree ornament and feature your pet in your home as well.
3. Dress them up in holiday outfits
There are plenty of holiday-themed sweaters, collars, tags and other accessories available for your pets to wear. Give them a little splash of colour by dressing your dog in a Christmas sweater or a cat in a bright red collar with bells.
If you want, you could even make your own addition to their collar by adding red and green ribbons. You could also go all out and buy one of the holiday-themed pet costumes for sale at your local pet shop.
4. Buy them gifts
Get each of your pets a stocking and stuff it with trinkets and snacks they like. Then, wrap up a gift or two and put them under the tree for a family member to open for the pet in the morning. They'll be excited to be included in the family plans and enjoy the extra treats, just like the rest of the family.
These are just a few ways to include your family pet in your Christmas activities. Remember, they are part of the family too. Including them in things like pictures and gift-giving makes the whole family happy and can create some great new traditions for years to come.