Doggone Christmas

Doggone Christmas

If you’re planning on being away from home for the upcoming holidays and can’t take your pet with you, we’ve got some tips on finding kennels or pet-sitters (Page B5).

And if you are taking Mr. Kibbles along with you on your trip, remember: Don’t strap the pet carrier on top of the family car — particularly if you plan to run for president of the United States.

And a partridge … oh, never mind: In the alternate universe in which one can purchase the items mentioned in “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” you’ll have to spend $107,000, or 6 percent more this year than in 2011, according to the annual Christmas Price Index compiled by PNC Wealth Management (Page A2).

But wait — it gets worse: That doesn’t even include noise-canceling headphones for when the kids sing “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1789 President George Washington set aside Nov. 26 as a day of thanksgiving to observe the adoption of the U.S. Constitution (Today in History, Page A2).

He then set aside Nov. 27 as a day of shopping for deals on powdered wigs, breeches and ink wells at the local Ye Olde Wal-Market.

—Jon Bauer and Mark Carlson, Herald staff

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