The lights have gone up, the decorations are out, and it officially looks like the holidays have exploded all over your house. Seriously, how awesome is it that your mantle now looks like a mini replica of the North Pole, or your dining area is awash in a sea of silver and blue? Admittedly, we can go a little haywire when it comes to decorating for the holidays, but they only come once a year and it’s just too much fun not to!

Which often makes us wonder, what are our poor pets thinking when faced with twinkling lights, menorahs, tinsel and mildly terrifying elves that reposition themselves all over the house each night? Here they’ve just dealt with all of the fall leaves, pumpkins, little beings dressed in crazy clothes ringing the doorbell and semi-comatose, football watching humans laying all over the house after a dinner that inexplicably started at 2pm. Now, there’s a giant tree in the living room with a stuff hanging all over it and a candle thingy that keeps growing a new light every night.

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Obviously, being the awesome and responsible pet parents that we are, we’ve taken the proper precautions in setting up our figurative fantasy lands with pet safety in mind. We’ve kept any decorations, plants and treats that can be toxic away from their reach and took care to keep chords from being accessible. There’s no way to minimize the inevitable confusion an intermittently dancing Santa can cause, however.

We can’t know for sure (which is a bummer because being able to read your dog or cat’s mind would be a great ride), but in the face of so much holiday spirit, imagining that this is what might be going through our pets’ heads makes us smile. Smiling is our favorite.

 

 It always comes down to edibility.

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At least they gave him gimmel. That has to count for something, right?

What Are Your Pets Really Thinking This Holiday Season?Etsy

So, wait, the house isn’t haunted?

What Are You're Pets Really Thinking This Holiday Season?Inquisitr

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Possession is nine tenths of the law. Especially for cats.

What Are You're Pets Really Thinking This Holiday Season?HealthfulMD

And by shaking, he means shred the wrapping paper and abscond with aunt Linda’s new scarf.

What Are You're Pets Really Thinking This Holiday Season?Bob’s Redmill

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Big bucks, big bucks no shin aaand…stop!

What Are Your Pets Really Thinking This Holiday Season?Daily Dot

 

She has a point.

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Let’s face it. The concept of Santa is not something a dog cares about. The concept of cuddles? That’s priority one.

What Are Your Pets Really Thinking This Holiday Season?Examiner

If you’re gonna leave the sufganiyot at wiener dog level, you’re gonna have a bad time.

What Are Your Pets Really Thinking This Holiday Season?The Laughing Stork

Back away slowly…pretend you don’t find this hysterical.

What Are Your Pets Really Thinking This Holiday Season?Cutest Paw

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Lead Image Credit: Cat Ranch Rescue

 

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