So far, I have not been in this position. I have not a litter ready for Christmas. I have had litters born in August that were ready to go in October, and a couple went home a few weeks late. Cujo went to Mom and Dads around the middle of December when he was 14 or 18 weeks old. He was great, didn't bother the tree or the gifts (except his stocking), and managed the hoard of people coming through too.
I think that if someone wanted to surprise kids or spouse with a puppy on Christmas morning, I wouldn't sell. There is too much wrong with that picture. But a LOT of people have some time off between Christmas and New Year's and they may want to bring home the puppy early in that period so they can have a full week to ten days with the puppy before going back to work. These people I would definitely send the puppy home with no problem.
Oh, I know Christmas can be a stressful and hectic time. I really don't aim to have puppies around Christmas because I have a life too. But at some point you have trust that the people who you are trusting with your puppy will be able to make the decision to take the puppy home and ensure that it has some peace, etc or to ask me to keep the puppy until after the company goes home, so that the puppy will be able to settle in easier. Every situation is different. My parents may have a few dozen people tramp through their home for three days, while my house will probably have just me there. Just because it is Christmas doesn't mean everyone is going to have a crazy scene going on. And if we do that for Christmas, do we do that for the Jewish, Hindu, Buddist, and Muslim Holy days as well? Do we not send a puppy home during Martigras, Easter, Spring Break, Oktoberfest? I think it is worth mentioning to folks, but at some point you either trust them, or you don't. If you don't don't sell them a puppy.
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