For many people this holiday season, celebrating together is impossible because of the global pandemic. Sending holiday cards out is especially important and poignant this season because of the lack of physical connection and also, to cheer up our loved ones in one of the most trying years in recent history. There are various ways people have tried to send holiday cheers, from short notes, to photoshoots, holiday cards are a wonderful way to show someone that you care. We are always fascinated by celebrities and one story manages to blend our fascination for celebrities with our love of the holiday season and a certain furry animal.
People magazine has a piece on Taylor Swift’s holiday cards, which, rather uniquely, features her cats. The magazine reports that the whole story began after the Louisville DJ, Kyle Meredith, tweeted that he had received a holiday card from Swift, and was so excited to enter the holiday season with such an unexpected gift.
The card features her three cats, Olivia Benson, Benjamin Button and Meredith Grey in Santa hats in a black and white background that is reminiscent of her latest album, Folklore, and extends Swift’s best wishes to Meredith, with a cheeky reference to her wish that Meredith’s holiday memories enter folklore.
As People note, many of Swift’s ardent fans, the Swifties, were wowed by the holiday card and many wondered how they too could receive a holiday card from her.
The story follows a pattern of interest in what celebrities have been sending out to friends, family and fans this holiday season.
In analysing Google’s search data on celebrity pets, British fashion and homeware retailer Matalan found that Swift’s kitties were the most popular searches of 2020. Her cats are often featured in her Instagram account and were the subject of more than 979,000 searches.
Second on the list were Kylie Jenner’s many dogs who had an excess of 206,000 searches dedicated to them and are also Instagram’s second most followed celebrity pets. In fact, Kylie Jenner’s Italian greyhounds, Normie and Bambi Jenner, have an Instagram account dedicated to them. The two are famous for having puppies on the night Jenner was to have attended the American Music Awards. The Instagram account had around 380,000 followers, despite the fact that there have been no new posts on the account in years.
The Most Followed Celebrity Pet is Oscar, a dog adopted by Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber in 2018, and which has approximately 937,000 followers.
Matalan’s list, which can be found on their website, also features Sophie Turner’s puppies, Amanda Seyfried’s dog, and Ed Sheeran cats.
Taylor Swift’s holiday cards are a reminder of the importance of pets in family life. In a time at which we are spending more and more time at home, from celebrities to the ordinary person. More and more celebrities have been sharing pictures of their pets with their world and generating a lot of buzz, because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love pets? Keeping our pets healthy and ensuring they have the best available care, from places like the Pharr Road Animal Hospital, is something which resonates with many people.