For many centuries, Christians took pains during the Christmas holiday to honor their two, four, and in this case, six-legged friends.
This was based on the belief that Jesus was born surrounded by friendly animals.
The English thought that if they decorated hives, the bees inside would hum Christmas carols.
In Spain, Christians pampered cows on Christmas for warming the baby Jesus in the manger.
In the Tyrol Alps, villagers whistled on their way home from church for the birds’ benefit.
And in the German Alps, people would sneak into their barns at midnight Christmas Eve in the hope of catching the animals talking.