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My Top 5 Pet Themed Holiday Movies

Many of us will be busy with the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, working extra hours, driving amongst angry drivers, and dealing with the holiday blues.  Before Scrooge gets you in his sights pop one of these movies in for an instant feel good, and a friendly reminder of what the holidays are really about.   I hope you enjoy the list, and if you have any to add feel free to leave your recommendation in the comment box below.  Happy Holidays!


5)Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)


I know what you’re thinking, Thanksgiving over Christmas?  As cute as Charlie Brown’s Christmas is, I’m partial to the bond of man and man’s best friend in this adorable Thanksgiving movie.  Snoopy even tries to save the day when Peppermint Patty invites herself as well as two others over for a Thanksgiving feast.  For those who have seen it, their dinner is the sweetest, funniest, and cutest concoction that Snoopy can come up with in a pinch.  At the end of the day, it’s dear Marcie that helps to put the true meaning of the holiday into perspective.

“We should just be thankful for just being together.  I think that’s what Thanksgiving is all about.”


4) Addam’s Family Values(1993)


Perhaps this isn’t your typical holiday movie and Thing probably isn’t what you would consider a”pet,” but I think we can all appreciate the similarities between Thing and some of our four-legged friends.  The Addams Family is by far what you would find in a Sears catalog, but it’s their loyalty and ability to stay calm and collective while making personal sacrifices for their loved ones that really gets you in the feels. The Thanksgiving feast is beyond comical in this film, and I would say personally favored over the first television to film adaptation The Addams Family  in 1991.  While Raul Julia is sadly no longer with us, his depiction of Gomez Addams was genius and wise.  It’s literally the Addams Family values that draws you into this movie, and leaves you longing to be an Addams too.


3) The Muppet Christmas Carol(1992)

There muppetare so many adaptations of Charles Dickens Christmas classic, but the Muppet Christmas Carol is my second to 1988’s Scrooged.  I realize these aren’t “real” animals, but you can’t get more pet/animal friendly than the muppets.  Kermit plays poor mistreated Bob Cratchit while Sir Michael Caine leads with a grumpy brute force as Scrooge.  This timeless classic story pulls on your heartstrings no matter how many times you may have seen it (regardless of version), or read it.  It’s simply not Christmas without it.   What makes Muppet Christmas Carol standout over other renditions are the beautifully written songs in true Jim Henson style.



2) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)


Due to strong language, I wouldn’t recommend watching this movie with children that are easily influenced.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a nonstop laugh riot.  What adds to this families nonstop disastrous holiday are a rottweiler named Snot (for very obvious reasons), a cat who was accidentally wrapped as a present by a delusional Great Aunt, and a squirrel that makes it into the house under some very hilarious circumstances.   At the end of the movie you have an almost broken and defeated Clark Griswold about to swear off Christmas for good, when he finally realizes the importance of his family and what they mean to him as well as what he means to them.


1)Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas (1977)


Christmas can’t officially begin in the Ries household if Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas isn’t playing.  A holiday tradition since I can remember, this Jim Henson classic features a plethora of woodland critters singing, dancing, and even playing in a rock and roll band.  What makes this movie stand out to me, is the fact that I’ve seen it at the bare minimum 35 times and it still melts my heart to this day.  Christmas isn’t always about what you receive, it’s way more than that.  The holidays are about coming together, committing personal sacrifices just to see your loved one happy, and enjoying some beautiful music.  It’s an amazing movie that should be enjoyed by everyone.

My Funny Farms Christmas List

We have a trio of guest bloggers today! With all of the hub bub of the holidays, my two adorable cats and my rat wanted to make sure that they weren’t left out from all of the excitement. They’re telling me that they deserve to be on the nice list, and I guess they do 🙂  They asked if they could share their Christmas lists with all of you, and I’m just not one to disappoint.

Sushi McHoneybadger


Mommy and daddy tell me everyday that they should have just named me Nermal, because I just love being cute!  Puck even tried to mail me to Abu Dhabi once. I don’t need more than what I already have, but mommy insisted I make a list anyway.  I really love sitting on the bed and watching all the birds and squirrels in the yard, so a nice new kitty sill would be a dream!  Sometimes I do get in trouble for clawing up the furniture, so I wouldn’t mind trying a new scratching post. Lastly, I love the refreshing taste of ice cold water.  Sometimes mommy finds me in the sink in the morning licking the faucet.  If I get a water fountain for Christmas, I’m sure it would get plenty of use 🙂





Well, I’m no longer the newest member of the clan, but I get along with everyone wonderfully!  I stay in my cage during the day, but when mom and dad get home I like to sit on their

11124701_10204378083952891_1761663797_nshoulders while they watch television, or cook dinner.  I know that mom and dad can’t keep an eye on me all of the time, so for Christmas I would like to ask Santa for a playpen.  I can be out of my cage for longer periods of time, and stay out of trouble!  I do love to explore but I can’t really do that on my own, so I am hoping that Santa also brings me a runabout ball this year, so that I can go on an adventure!  I can’t get enough of the Yogies yogurt drops either.  I think if Santa brought me a stocking full of those, I would just squeal with excitement!





I’m the newest addition to the Ries household, and I am still just a baby.  I certainly don’t act like a baby!  I have so much energy to expense during the day and at night, that I can hardly sit still!  That’s why I need a toy that’s going to keep my attention, something like the Petlinks Mystery Motion Cat Toy.  This toy is sure to keep me on the edge of my seat, well…until sister walks by then I have to mess with her (of course).  I know it may be asking for a lot, but I love to climb so much!  If I promise to be good, I would really enjoy a new Kitty’scape Deluxe Playscape. I can climb and play on this for hours!



There you have it folks!  I’m hoping that my pets gave you some inspiration for that special pet in your life this Christmas.  If you have any questions about some of the products mentioned, please leave them in the comment field below.  Happy Holidays!

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