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Fun Christmas Card Ideas With Dogs @Shutterfly

Written by Shutterfly Last Updated: Dec 11, 2019

When it comes to sending Season’s Greetings, the best Christmas cards include the furry family members. And, as if it wasn’t hard enough to get everyone together for your holiday photo, including your pets adds even more of a challenge. Whether they’re full of energy, need to stay on a leash, or they see a squirrel, there are many obstacles to overcome in order to capture a picture-perfect moment. Although you may be unsure about wrangling your dog into the Christmas portrait this year, once you get the shot, you’ll realize all the slobbery licks to the face were worth it. As you gear up for the holidays, use these Christmas card ideas with dogs along with our top tips and tricks to get the paws-itively perfect family Christmas photos.

Dog Christmas Card Ideas And Tips

Taking a Christmas card photo with adults is one thing, but throwing kids and dogs into the mix can make things much more difficult. However, there are plenty of ways to capture festive photos of your tail-waggers. You just have to get creative. Including everything from outfit ideas, photoshoot locations and tips for getting and keeping your dog’s attention, these are some of the best solutions for taking family photos with your dog.

1. Wear Comfy And Coordinated Clothes. 

Happy family with dog labrador retriever are waiting for the New Year in Santa Claus hats while sitting near beautiful Christmas tree at home.

Before you pose for the camera, you should plan out what your family will be wearing for your Christmas photos. First and foremost, make sure that everyone is wearing clothes that they’re comfortable in and that they don’t mind getting a little dirty. Chances are someone will have to wrangle the dog at some point so just make sure that your outfits aren’t ones that need to be dry cleaned.  There’s something about color coordinating outfits that really ties everything together. If your family is planning on wearing similar colors or patterns, get the same colored accessory for your dog. Even if it’s just a bow or bandana, adding a festive piece to your dog’s attire will make for a very cute touch.

2. Dress Fido For The Occasion. 

If you feel like only adding an accessory isn’t going to do the trick, you can also dress your dog up for the photos. Make sure you avoid putting your dog in something that might harm them or cause any sort of discomfort. Play it safe with reindeer antlers, a Santa hat, or an ugly Christmas sweater, if they’re comfortable with it. Just remember that if your puppy isn’t comfortable there is no way you’ll get the shot. You should also avoid wrapping your dog in Christmas lights or putting him or her in a stocking.

3. Stick Close To Home. 

Cat and dog under a Christmas tree. Pets under plaid for a Holiday card.

On a day that’s filled with capturing special moments and a whole lot of love, a destination photoshoot location may sound appealing. Although, when you’re including your four-legged friends in your photos it can be beneficial to stay closer to home. Your dog is used to his or her daily routine and sticking to where there are familiar smells and surroundings will make it easier for your pup to listen to your commands. Plus, you may even be able to take some shots of your dog off the leash, which will be sure to unleash a whole lot of holiday cheer.

4. Get Your Dog Tired Before The Shoot. 

No matter how calm your puppy may be, it’s still going to be difficult to get him or her to stand still with everyone gathered around. Dogs are a smart breed and will most likely pick up on all of the excitement. With everyone all in one place, it could be easy for your dog to mistake the Christmas photoshoot for playtime. Before you take your Christmas card photo, wear your dog out by going for a walk or playing a game of tug-o-war.

5. How To Get And Keep Fido’s Attention. 

Gay Couple Celebrating Christmas at Home With Their Pets, Dog and Cat.

Consider your dog’s personality when it comes to getting him or her to look at the camera. Having a squeaky toy or something that they want on set could be the perfect distraction for your dog. Most dogs are food-driven so it won’t hurt to keep a couple of extra treats in your pocket. You know your dog better than anyone else so go with what you think will work best. If you’re unsure, set up a trial run and see what you can do to keep your puppy’s attention.

  • If you have someone behind the camera it will make it easier to get your dog to look at the camera lens. Just have the photographer keep a toy or treat near the lens.
  • If you are using a tripod to get your Christmas card shot, designate someone to be in charge of getting your dog’s pose ready while everyone else says cheese.

6. Don’t Forget To Take Breaks. 

Don’t put the toys or tug-o-war rope away after the pre-photoshoot playtime and don’t expect your dog to keep full attention for a whole hour. If you get to take photos for ten minutes, you’re doing great. Set up the shot with praise and treats and after you take a couple of frames, let your dog go crazy. Dogs will be dogs, so remember to have patience.

7. Be Prepared To Take Lots Of Photos. 

Christmas photoshoot with family dog.

Have your photographer take as many photos as possible. Or, if you’re taking your Christmas photos yourself, make sure to set the self-timer a handful of times. You never know which click may end up with the perfect candid shot and most of the time, the best photos are the ones that aren’t posed.

Family Christmas Card Picture Ideas With Dogs

There are many different ways to incorporate your dog into the family Christmas card this year. Use the following Christmas card picture ideas with dogs to help you get the perfect photo. When it comes to your family holiday card photo, if there’s one thing that’s for sure, it is that your furry friend needs to be included. Use the following photo ideas to help you decide how you will incorporate Fido in the family holiday photos.

8. Ready For A Close-Up.

If you have a small dog, pick up your pooch and take advantage of getting warm and snuggly with him or her. On the other hand, if you have a 100 pound Labrador Retriever, don’t attempt to pick him or her up instead, just lean down and get close.

9. Have Your Dog On A Leash With The Family.

If your dog is a little more on the hyper side or if you are taking your Christmas photos at a location that your dog isn’t used to, then it is a good idea to keep him or her on a leash.

10. Use His Or Her Natural Habitat As A Backdrop. 

Taking your photos somewhere your four-legged friend is used to will surely make your pup more comfortable with the camera and all of the excitement. When it comes to location, think backyard, inside the house or a nearby park you frequent often.

11. Use All The Photos You Can Fit.

Holiday card ideas with dogs.

Choose a dog Christmas card that allows you to add multiple photos. If you already have the perfect solo shot of your pup you would like to include in your custom Christmas card then select a card that features multiple photos. This way, you’ll be able to add the family photos you took and also solo shots of the furriest member.

12. Try For An Action Shot In The Snow. 

Nothing says, “Happy Holidays!” quite like a dog dashing through the snow. Action shots can sometimes be the easiest to get since you aren’t trying to keep your dog’s attention or get him or her to sit still and look at the camera. If you live in an area where it doesn’t snow, try out the sand. There’s nothing quite like a beach-themed Christmas card.

13. Have Your Pooch Represent The Whole Family. 

Christmas pug dog with Santa's hat and tie.

If for some reason your family can’t all be in the same place at once to get a Holiday photo, you can send a photo of your dog from everyone.

14. Try A Unique Angle.

Try taking the photo from a new and interesting angle. For example, taking a photo from above to showcase ta Christmas wrapping covered floor would make an excellent holiday card idea. Or get down to their level and take a dog’s eye view photo.

15. Present Them With A New Toy.

Cute golden retriever dog playing with ball at Christmastime.

Highlight the Christmas spirit in your dog’s eyes by giving them a new toy. Take the photo right as the see the gift or as they begin to play with it. Your pup is sure to show some serious gratitude, making it the perfect Christmas photo.

16. Give Them A Sign.

For an extra cute prop, give your pooch a sign to hold up. Whether it says “Merry Christmas!” or “Time to fetch some presents,” your loved ones are sure to love receiving the photos as a Christmas card.

17. Get Silly.

Holiday portrait of a Pitbull and a Sphynx cat in Christmas sweaters with blue snow flake background.

Don’t be afraid to show off the silly side of your pooch. Dress them in an ugly Christmas sweater, pose them in an old-fashioned photoshoot, and capture all the funny expressions they’re sure to make.

Dog Christmas Card Sayings

If you are including your dog in your Christmas card photo you can also go one step further and top of your Christmas messages off with a few dog Christmas card sayings. These are some of the cutest and funniest Christmas card messages that all of your recipients will appreciate. Mix and match these dog-friendly greetings with a few of your own words for a very hairy Christmas sentiment. 

  • We Woof You a Hairy Christmas!
  • Merry Christmas from our Pack to your Pack.
  • Have a fetching Christmas!
  • Unleash the holiday cheer this Christmas!
  • Have a paws-itively amazing Christmas.
  • Sending you pugs and kisses this Christmas
  • Canine I just say…you’re the best!
  • Paws a moment this Christmas to reflect on what the season is all about!
  • Merry Christmas. Hope it’s not too ruff!
  • Hounding you to have a Merry Christmas!
  • Dog bless you this Christmas!
  • Sending you all our puppy love this Christmas!
  • Happy howlidays! Hope Santa Paws brings you lots of treats.
  • Santa’s little yelper wants to wish you a Merry Christmas.
  • Have a warm and fuzzy holiday!
  • Wishing you Peace, Love, and Licks!
  • Johnson Family Tails of 2016
  • Have a Doggone Christmas!
  • I’ll do anything for a Cookie.
  • Deck the Paws.
  • Wreck the Halls!
  • Fur you, From us.
  • Feliz Navidog.
  • Yappy Holidays and a Happy New Year
  • It’s never chew late to wish you a Happy Holidays.

Resources Related To Dog Christmas Cards

Pets are a special part of your family and your holiday cards should reflect that. These pet Christmas card ideas and tips will not only help you make your Christmas card unique but also make it a lot easier to achieve the Christmas photos you envisioned. Once you’ve got the perfect shot, send out your perfect Christmas card to show off your furry friend for all to see. 

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The Patio of the Hôtel de Paris is transformed into a “Christmas village” @LaGazetteDeMonaco

For parties, the mythical palace welcomes in its Patio a festive space in the colours of Christmas where mingle among the fir trees, luxury and tradition, gourmet and crafts, shopping and entertainment until January 5th, 2020, from 10am to 7pm with night-time on Fridays and Saturdays until 9pm.

Fun and friendly workshops lasting 2 hours will be offered to visitors. They will address various themes such as cooking (preparation of sweet or savoury specialties), floral art, illustration, perfume or the making of Christmas decorations. And a personal creation per participant is key for each animation!

In the evening, every Saturday, artistic performances will amaze the senses of the visitors.

From 6pm an electro jazz vibe will echo in the Patio, followed by the show Aile Emoi by the Compagnie Rêverie Danse Verticale, at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm.

Visitors will also be tempted by the gourmet greenhouse and its Christmas delights, to enjoy on the spot or take away.

And at nightfall, the greenhouse will become an ephemeral restaurant where visitors can dine under the stars and in the heart of the Hôtel de Paris.

The entire programme is available here.

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Gift Ideas for Pets ! @TandCmag

Because our four-legged family members like presents too!

By Lauren Hubbard, Nov 8, 2019

Does your pet really need a luxury bed or perfectly festive sweater? Probably not. But when it comes to gift-giving, even your pet (or should we say especially your pet) deserves a lavish show of your love. Here, we’ve rounded up our all-time favorite gifts to treat your dog or cat.

Thermo-Snuggly Sleeper Heated Pet Bed

COURTESY K&H Pet Product
amazon.com $63.65

Give your favorite pup a warm place to rest their head with this cozy heated bed. 

Embroidered Velvet Pet Stocking

Sudha Pennathur
saksfifthavenue.com $30,00

We’re sure you won’t find a lump of coal in these precious velvet stockings.

Holiday Gingerbread House Cat Scratcher

Companion Gear
chewy.com $13.99

This cozy gingerbread house scratcher doubles as holiday decor. 

Cuddly-Coat Grooming Shampoo

Kiehl’s
$24.00

Keep them looking shiny and silky with this luxe dog shampoo.

Santa Mouse and Reindeer Cat Toy

OurPets
chewy.com $7.99

Look out Rudolf! These plush cat toys will keep your feline friend entertained all season.  

Isabella Blush Pet Bed

Haute House
$1 399,00

For the pet who accepts nothing less than the best. 

Dog DNA Test

Embark
$199.00 $129.00 (35% off)

If you’ve ever wondered about Fido’s pedigree, this DNA test can help you figure out your furry friend’s heritage.

Gingerbread House Hide & Seek Plush Dog Toy

Frisco
chewy.com $13.99

Some cute holiday themed toys are just what your pup needs to get into the seasonal spirit. 

Puppy Uppers Treat Canister

Jonathan Adler
$138.00

This elegant striped canister is one treat container you won’t mind displaying.  

Ambush Interactive Cat Toy

PetFusion
amazon.com $22.95

Make your indoor cat feel like a master hunter with a toy that keeps them guessing , like this one which sends an enticing feather popping out of its openings at random intervals—like a kitty version of Whack A Mole.

Cornelia Dog Sofa

Archie & Oscar
wayfair.com $196.99

Doesn’t your four-legged family deserve a sofa as beautiful as yours? 

Rugged Quilted Dog Blanket

L.L.Bean $49.95

It may be cold outside, but your dog won’t be with this ultra-plush quilted blanket. 

Lauren Hubbard is a freelance writer and Town & Country contributor who covers beauty, shopping, entertainment, travel, home decor, wine, and cocktails. Read the full article by Town & Country here

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Monaco’s Christmas & New Year Festivities 2019-2020 @RoveMeTo

If you are looking for something special for New Year’s Eve, Monaco has plenty to offer

Christmas & New Year Festivities in Monaco 2020 - Best Time
Photo by©Gilles Couturier

Winter holidays are the time for people to get rid of their everyday issues and try to relax. Monaco is famous for its Christmas markets, indoor parties, outdoor celebrations, parades, concerts, and activities for children. This country is the leader in entertaining activities, due to its numerous casinos and beautiful seashore.

Monaco Christmas Market 2020
Monaco Christmas Market
©S-rak

On Christmas Eve, Monaco becomes the centre of special performances and gala dinners. Most hotels and restaurants offer special packages and organize colourful parties.

New Year’s Eve is equally impressive with its parties all over Monte-Carlo. It might be hard to choose where to celebrate. One of the best places to meet the new year at the stroke of midnight is the shining Casino Square.

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How To Make Your Dog’s Christmas Day The Best One Ever @pets4homes

In the run-up to Christmas, adults, children and dogs alike are apt to pick up on the general excitement of the season and eagerly anticipate the day itself. Whether your dog is your family and you intend to have a quiet day with just the two of you, or if you have a large, extended human family who will be joining in as well, there are loads of excellent ways to help your dog to get into the Christmas spirit and ensure that they have a wonderful time of it as well.

If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to involve your dog in Christmas in general and find some new things to do for both them and yourself, check out our list of seven great ways to get your dog involved in Christmas, and also, make sure that they stay safe by checking out some potential festive dangers. Once you’ve done this, if you’re looking for inspiration on how to make sure that Christmas 2015 is the best Christmas ever for your dog, read on for our suggestions on how to plan the perfect day with your dog at the centre of the festivities!

Plenty of exercise

As far as your dog is concerned, the best day ever can only start in one way: with a walk! Christmas day is in many ways the best day of the year to plan an excellent walk, for a lot of reasons-many places that are often busy will be empty or less populated than normal, and due to the season, some areas such as beaches that have summer restrictions on dogs will be available for use. Added to this, other dogs and their owners that you do run into on your walks are also likely to be happy and friendly, giving both you and your dog a chance to socialise and meet new people to share the Christmas spirit!

Why not consider getting up a little earlier than normal, and taking your dog out in the car to a special walking spot while the roads are quiet-this is a great way to begin your dog’s Christmas day!

Food treats and safety

Making or buying something extra special for your dog to have as their Christmas meal is a great idea to give your dog a once a year special treat, but it is important to plan this out and be speculative about what you’re feeding to your dog, to ensure that it is safe!

Substituting your dog’s usual complete diet with a bowl full of turkey might seem like the best meal ever, but it might give your dog the runs or make them feel sick, as a sudden and large change in the feeding routine is not a good idea for dogs.

Consider swapping out half of their normal meal for a special treat like turkey, and ensure that this is plain white meat that is not cooked in garlic or salted.

It is fine to give your dog a few more treats than normal on just this one day of the year too, but make sure that they are dog-suitable treats, and not something that might make them sick.

Christmas socialising

Even if you’re planning that the main part of your Christmas day involves just you and your dog, it is a great idea to think about inviting a friend with a dog of their own over for the evening, or taking your dog to visit another home with a friendly dog. Well socialised dogs love company and playing with a friend, and just half an hour enjoying some games with another canine while you take a breather with their owner can provide a nice added touch to Christmas for both you and your dog.

That special present

You may well put a lot of thought and possibly, money into buying your dog that special Christmas present that will really make their tail wag, but dogs are just as happy with a cheap new toy or game that they can bring to you to play with! Whatever present you decide to pick out for your dog, make it something interactive so that you can play with it too, and use it to bond with your dog and give them a great time playing with it, rather than finding things to do with it on their own!

Lots of attention

Just dedicating half an hour on Christmas day to your dog and giving them your full attention will make your dog very happy, so groom them, give them a massage or otherwise show them that they are your very favourite person in the world in whatever way they like the best!

As well as your epic Christmas day walk with your dog, take every opportunity to give them a couple of extra walks throughout the day too, and simply let them run around or sniff the air to take in all of the sights and sounds that only happen once a year!

Safeguarding

Finally, a surprise trip to the vet will soon dampen your dog’s Christmas spirit, so ensure that your dog stays safe and well, and keep an eye out when you’re walking for discarded food and rubbish that might pose a risk to your dog. Take care within your home too to ensure that there are no seasonal hazards around that your dog might get into a mess with, and if you will have guests over on the day itself, make sure that common sense doesn’t go out the window where they are concerned either.

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Christmas afternoon tea at the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo in December @montecarlosbm

The prestigious Salle Belle Époque at the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo will welcome children and their parents for a special Christmas afternoon tea.

Information
  • Dates: 19, 22, 23 (15:00 to 18:00) and 24 December (15:00 to 17:00)
  • Price per adult: €80
  • Price per child: €40
  • Merry-go-round with Father Christmas in attendance
  • “Petit Chef” cooking, make-up and creative workshops

Young and old alike will enjoy a generous buffet of home-made pastries and treats prepared by our Pastry Chef Nicolas Baygourry, including traditional Christmas yule log cakes, gourmet cakes and loaf cakes.

Children can take part in creative activities where they can be “petits chefs” in a pastry-making workshop.

They can also enjoy a storyteller who will share beautiful Christmas stories and a make-up artist, too.

Finally, a merry-go-round will provide fun for all at the Square Beaumarchais. It all happens in a magical decor inspired by authentic Christmas traditions, with Christmas trees, shiny ornaments and string lights.

Our youngest guests can enjoy going round and round under the gentle supervision of Father Christmas in person.

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Check out those Luxury Advent Calendars @TandCmag

These Luxury Advent Calendars Will Get You (Even More) Excited for Christmas

Love the idea of opening one present per day until Christmas? So do we.

Long gone are the advent calendar days where kids countdown to Christmas with a variety of chocolates and sweets—though these still exist too. Now advent calendars are making a comeback with beauty products, rare teas, and even booze. Even though it’s barely fall, we can’t contain our excitement for advent calendar season. Below, check out a few new releases, plus a round-up of our favorites hitting shelves this year.

Advent Calendar Dr. Barbara http://www.Sturmrevolve.com $600,00

Best-sellers from this renowned skincare guru’s highly coveted, luxuriously minimalist product line await behind the doors of this advent calendar, including a deluxe-sized anti-aging primer and face cream.

Advent Calendar www.saksfifthavenue.com $450.00

Inside you’ll find a Pomegranate Noir scented candle, a Dark Amber & Ginger Lilly cologne, and more from this beloved British fragrance brand.

Kikki.K Lover’s 2018 Advent Calendar www.kikki-k.com $129.95

This festive calendar will include a mix of stationery, decorations, and fun surprises that will inspire you to welcome an organized holiday season.

Diptyque 2018 Advent Calendar www.saksfifthavenue.com $425.00

The famed Parisian perfumer has assembled the ultimate set for candle lovers: inside, you’ll find a selection of mini candles, travel-sized fragrances, and skincare products.
For more luxury advent calendars and the full article from Town and Country click here
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A magical outing for all the family! @VisitMonaco

From Friday 7 December 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019, Port of Monaco

As every year, experience a unique atmosphere with free activities, festive decorations and magical entertainment to celebrate the seasonal holidays in Monaco, at the Christmas Village in Port Hercule.


• Monaco illuminated
• Christmas market: 25 chalets with gift ideas
• Food stalls – lunchtime and evening
• Rides for children and adults
• Big wheel with panoramic views
• Open-air skating rink
• Creative workshops for children
• Free shows
• Parades, etc.

Opening times:
Christmas market, skating rink and entertainments daily from 11 am:
• from Sunday to Thursday : from 11 am to 9 pm
• Friday and Saturday;: from 11 am to 10 pm

Special days:
• 24 December: from 11 am to 7.30 pm
• 25 December and 1 January: from 2.30 pm to 10 pm
Possible opening from 11 am
Access to the village is free, but there is a charge for the attractions.
Free parking available nearby.

Information: 
Tel.: (+377) 93 15 06 03
Email : animation@mairie.mc

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Enjoy Monaco over the Christmas season! @MonteCarloSBM

Luxury Christmas and New Year in Monaco: in wonderland

Sprinkle magic on your festive season, succumb to the charms of Monaco. The Principality wants you to share in the endless enchantment. Unforgettable sparkles of life, mixing with those from the best champagne. The party’s started!

Place du Casino - Monaco
Photo Credit: Moon Monaco

For more information visit their website here