A few years ago we pulled off a Christmas miracle. Santa Claus brought us a new dog. Can Santa bring you a puppy? Sort of. Here’s how to get a puppy from Santa…
How to Give a Puppy from Santa
The boys had asked Santa for a dog and we were finally ready to love a dog again. So Santa seemed like the perfect solution, except can Santa bring you a puppy?
The tricky part of Santa gifting a dog or any live animal is the logistics of it. I always remember a cartoon image growing up of a puppy peeking his head out of a box on Christmas morning. The image is adorable but not practical, perfect in a movie or cartoon but not in real life.
Puppy From Santa Ideas
Santa might be able to pull it off, assuming the dog you want is available to be picked up on Christmas Eve, which is a big assumption given the craziness of the holidays and the fact that business are often closed on Christmas Eve.
Even if you can pull that off, you would still need to hide puppy and keep him quiet until Christmas morning. You could hide the dog the garage and ask them to be quiet. 😉 Or ask your family to watch them but then are you waking up at 4:00 AM to pick up this dog on Christmas morning? How does that work? Logistically it is really hard to pull off.
Elf On the Shelf Idea
We came up with a solution last year that allowed Santa to find our new dog for us and then our elf brought us the letter from Santa letting us know a few days before Christmas. We went down to the shelter and rescued her that day. This works if you can pick our your pet a day or two before and then surprise your kids the morning you go adopt them.
This method allowed us to keep the magic of an amazing Santa gift without driving us crazy trying to coordinate her adoption and arrival on Christmas morning.
The boys were ecstatic to go meet the dog Santa picked for us. The gift was complete when Santa brought a few toys for our new dog on Christmas morning.
Letter From Santa About Getting A Puppy
If you don’t have an elf that visits your house, you could always have Santa leave a letter about the new pet. There are some editable Santa letter options here. This also depends on picking up the pet within a few days of Christmas (or having it delivered magically after Christmas somehow). While not simple, it’s still less complicated than a puppy staying quiet in a cardboard box under the tree on Christmas eve.
Does Santa Bring Pets for Christmas?
He definiltey can if you use our letter trick. And of course you know your family/child is ready to take on the responsibility for a new pet.
More Elf Ideas
This post was originally published December 22, 2016.