I love the holidays. I love Thanksgiving and Christmas especially, because of their festive gatherings, sense of togetherness, and the delicious dinners. Oh, and seasonal brews and mulled wines that only come out or make sense during this special time of year.
What I don’t love as much is the obligatory gift exchanges that come with this season. I love the people involved in them. I love the idea of showing love and sharing a bit of yourself with a holiday token of sorts. And yes, I do love getting new stuff that I wasn’t entirely expecting and don’t entirely feel worthy of. But I find holiday shopping and feeling like “was it enough to show how much I care?” all incredibly stressful.
I have been paired up with the blogger equivalent of a Secret Santa/Pollyanna. The goal of this gift exchange is to feature the wonderful work of our partner, to give them the gift of telling our readers about their work. So, for what it’s worth, I don’t really love keeping Santa-ship of this gift exchange so secret.
I’m spending time getting to know my gift exchange partner as the Winter Solstice draws near, so I can help give her a gift that she will cherish and appreciate (okay, so gift giving is stressful even when I don’t have to go to the mall). But, this gift is one that gives right back to me, because I get to delight in the lovely and adorable postings of Christine and her Shih Tzus at Oh My Shih Tzu.
I’m a little overcome by cute fluffiness as I continue my readings, because Oh My Shih Tzu features beautiful photographic moments of Riley, Katie, and Trixie in many settings – outdoor rugged, fashionably styling, and rocking the agility course. Christine also is passionate about animal rescue and positive reinforcement based, force free training, so I can tell already we have lots in common, and I’m looking forward to exchanging some more Oh My Shih Tzu moments in its own special feature!
For now, join me as I revel in the fluffy love and check out Oh My Shih Tzu on their:
There is also still time to join in the Gift Exchange fun! So if you blog and want to join in, you have until December 20 to do it.