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It was impossible to go on the internet last holiday season without seeing adorable llamas in almost every advertisement for Christmas-related gifts. You could scroll endlessly for “Fa La La La Llama” products—from Tom’s shoes to Kohl’s "ugly Christmas sweaters"—and searching for “fa la la la llama” turned up over 500 items on Etsy, which reported a 239% increase in llama searches in 2018 ranging from balloons to makeup bags and tree ornaments. And Fa La La La Llama wasn't just reserved for Christmas; there are plenty of “Happy Llamakkah” tees, socks, and onesies on Etsy, too.

But llama-mania is officially no longer just a holiday trend. In fact, llamas are everywhere. There are llama cookies and cupcake toppers, llama pillows and plant holders, llama snow globes, llama rugs, llama tea towels, llama wine charms, llama oven mitts, llama chip clips, llama pajamas, llama notebooks, llama cheese knives, llama...well, you get the picture.

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All of this is to say: llamas are having a moment. A big one. And they’re just the latest creature to make their way from the barnyard to children’s tales to mass market accessories.

First, some background on the cuddly creatures: Llamas are a South American relative of the camel, though they do not have a hump. (But do spit!) Originating in Peru, they're actually the domesticated versions of a wild Andean ruminant called the guanaco—but should not be confused with their cousin, the alpaca, a domesticated version of the wild South American vicuña. In most parts of the world, llamas are prized as both pets and cattle, herbivores known for being smart, gentle, easy to train, and helpful with transportation. (And not as commonly sheared for wool as the alpaca, which produces a softer fleece.)

But here in the U.S. over the past few years, as our culture obsessed over Unicorn Frappuccinos, ran to the salon for mermaid hair, or pinned adorable miniature sloths to their jackets, llamas slowly began to nuzzle their way into popularity. According to the BBC, Pinterest searches for llamas have increased 75%, beginning mostly in Australia before the trend made its way to the U.S. and U.K. And if you might doubt the llama’s ability to dethrone the unicorn as the trendiest creature, in the same time period, unicorn searches on Pinterest declined by 10%, also according to the BBC.

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And just like their trendy predecessors, llamas can accompany any aspect of your life. Search “#llamacake” on Instagram, and you’ll find over 3,000 photos of cakes dressed with the Andean mammal, including frosting,sprinkles, cookie tops, and even cupcakes. Last year the folks over at FoodNetwork.com declared the llama the “cutest thing ever," and earlier this month, Nestlé released the latest “Llama Edition” of Smarties candies in the U.K.

But the llama has also made its way to decor—both at parties and in the home. There have been over 447,000 searches on Etsy related to “llamas” in the last three months alone—with a 234% increase in searches on the site for “llama birthday,” a 37% increase for “llama decor,” a 183% increase for “llama invitations," an Etsy rep told OprahMag.com.

“Unicorns and mermaids are stepping aside to make way for real-live animals like llamas, sloths, and jungle-dwellers,” says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy’s Trend Expert. (Interestedin incorporating the trend yourself? Johnson suggests starting with small accents. "Think printable wall art, throw pillows, and planters.”)

A Pinterest spokesperson emphasizes the fluffy creatures’ popularity on the inspiration-sharing app. "Last year, we saw interest in llamas really take off starting in home decor and moving more into style and jewelry,” says Swasti Sarna, Insights Manager at Pinterest. In fact, data from Pinterest showed that saves for “llama décor” were up 1,094% from 2017 to 2018. It also helps that the llama complements other popular home motifs, such as cacti, succulents, and the general Southwestern style that Etsy is predicting will have a major moment in 2019, with Pinterest reporting a +235% increase in “cactus arrangement” searches for 2019.

By now, you may be thinking: Okay, okay, I get it, llamas are inescapable. But when, exactly, did llama-mania actually begin—and why?

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Llama-mania first began to rise when Anna Dewdney, author of the children's book Llama Llama Red Pajama, passed away in 2016. Moms like Sabrina Piazza—founder of Living Quarters Interior Design—say that many moms like her began to see the book everywhere, finding it the perfect read for their toddlers. Not long after, the interior designer says she began to notice llamas becoming more present in the design world; artisans like Jonathan Adler were incorporating the animal into their work, and she saw more and more mass market textiles featuring llama prints. Dewdney's impact has also continued to last in pop culture: In 2018, a "Llama Llama" Netflix adaptation of her book debuted featuring Jennifer Garner as the voice of Mama Llama, and the series has been renewed for a season 2.

For another mom, Chrissy Teigen, an obsession with llamas came when she and her husband John Legend became parents to their daughter Luna, who is now three. “Before I was a mom, I would have never known the fascination with llamas and giraffes and anything with floppy ears or anything with a squishy nose,” she told Refinery29 last year. “There are just certain things that they take to and really love.” Teigen is now such a fan that she partnered with Pampers to design llama-themed diapers so that she can enjoy a good #llamabutt whenever possible.

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The lasting impact of Dewdney's books has also trickled into children's costumes and toys; there was a 382% increase in llama children’s costumes for Halloween last year, and at the New York Toy Fair, 2019 was named the year of the llama toys, according to Ali Mierzejewski, Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Insider.

Mierzejewski theorizes llamas’ popularity amongst kids is thanks to the fact that they look “silly and weird—and kids love silly and weird things.” Cassie Slane, CEO of Dreamland Fairy, adds that she believes kids today are attracted to animals that are a little less mainstream and obvious like horses, dogs, and bears. “Llamas are quirky—I think kids are grasping onto animals that are a little more eclectic and seem like they’d have funnier personalities.”

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The llama toy trend also got a boost from the popular video game Fortnite, which has a llama in piñata form as its primary mascot. The Fortnite llama—known as Loot Llama—has spawned several toys in 2019, including a plush version. But plenty of other llama goods were on display at the Toy Fair, from a llama-unicorn hybrid beanie baby to a llama glitter pool tube and a collection of “Who’s Your Llama?” toys from Jakk’s.

The llama’s South American roots may be another contributing factor to its surge over the past few years. “We love that they live in places generally underrepresented in American children's books so we can teach kiddos about the amazing creatures in our world,” says Gigi Jack, co-founder of Little Llama, a concierge service for children's gifts.

With the llama's dominance of food, decor, and children's toys, it was only a matter of time before the creature went from style trend to social media influencer. The Llama With No Drama Instagram account features “one happy llama,” a stuffed animal who provides a “daily dose of smiles” in photos traveling across the globe, from London to Japan. The account, which has over 140,000 followers, has been gaining traction since it was founded in April 2016 by Eylül Savaş, an LA-based digital marketing consultant and influencer. The account is meant to be a kind of therapy for the stressors of daily life—an idea some have taken more seriously after a student brought four “therapy llamas” to Stanford University’s campus to decrease stress and promote wellness earlier this year.

And yes, llama therapy is a real thing (at least if you live in Portland, Oregon.) “Llamas make people happy, and they actually exist in real life," Little Llama’s Jack says simply. Take that, unicorns.

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Perhaps the truest confirmation of this trend came when the llama joined our keyboards last year. A Change.org petition demanding a llama emoji be available on all iPhones and Apple devices led to the company releasing the official llama emoji in 2018.

So whether llamas have invaded our homes thanks to the South American-inspired decor trend or because of an adorable children’s book, it's apparent they are here to stay. Although these enchanting creatures have not yet reached frappuccino-level (what are you waiting for, Starbucks?), it’s clear our culture has a soft spot (pun intended) for these animals, who have the cuteness of sloths, the whimsy of unicorns, but a fuzziness all their own.

Now if you'll excuse us, we suddenly have a desperate need to put on a cozy pair of fuzzy socks covered in...llamas.

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Why Christmas Llamas Are a Thing: Death and Puns

It seems like you can't go anywhere without some kind-eyed ungulate wishing you a "Happy Llamakkah" or bleating "Fa La La La Llama" at you. There are llama Christmas ornaments, llama Christmas socks, llama Christmas sweaters, even giant llama inflatables to stand right next to Santa and Frosty. What gives? What on Earth do llamas have to do with Christmas? Surely, the South American animal had no business at Christ's birth on the other side of the world, and its connection to Hanukkah is even more suspect.

The short answer is "nothing." There's no fascinating historical or zoological story that explains the extremely New World animal's shoehorning into ancient holidays -- llamas have nothing to do with Christmas. But in 2016, the author of classic children's book Llama Llama Red Pajama died, and like all great artists, her death renewed interest in her work. 

Those who lord over the cushioned and brightly colored sections of bookstores began pushing it, and affluent moms -- the tastemakers of the home decor industry -- got super into llamas. Between 2017 and 2018, Pinterest saves for llama decor skyrocketed over 1,000%, and the trend shows no sign of stopping. Interior design heavyweights started incorporating llamas into their work, mothers began dressing their children as llamas for Halloween, and 2019 was declared the year of llama toys by the ironically serious folks at The Toy Insider.

Once llamas became the new unicorn, that's when people started noticing they have a deeply punnable name. And in addition to ruling over the realms of home decor, of which "Christmas" is not a small niche, moms are also the gods of holidays and puns. As designers sensed an untapped market, we suddenly started getting all manner of "Llama Claus" merchandise. That's it: Llamas are cute, and they lend themselves to puns. That's the basis of scores of thriving Etsy businesses. Capitalism is stupid, but at least llamas are still very, very cute.

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A holiday-themed T-shirt featuring a llama. (Barry Sellers via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Happy Falalala-llamakkah, one and all.

With Hanukkah and Christmas bumping together this year, a holiday theme for the ages is ready to go — llamas.

What do we mean? We mean cute and funky sweaters, T-shirts, holiday cards, wrapping paper and more showing off the cud-chewing pack animal for Christmas and Hanukkah, which begins the night of Dec. 24 this time around.

Oddly, the long-necked beast lends itself to holiday catch phrases for both: “Happy Llamadays” on a Christmas tree ornament with a little white one in a Santa cap, for instance, or “Fa-La-La Llama” on cards.

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Jews can enjoy “Happy Llamakah!” instead on paper products and sweaters. How about the Hanukkah-blue sweater with a brown llama in black hat, ear holes included. Also, he’s sporting Hasidic sidelocks.

These festive outfits are definitely of the “ugly sweater” ilk, with a side order of hipster. And lest you wonder the difference between a llama and an alpaca, look no further than the Christmas T-shirt with tree and a beast apparently named Larry declaring “Not a llama (alpaca).”

Dude, you’re both camelids. Just sayin’.

Online sellers from Amazon to Zazzle are awash in holiday llamas ho-ho-ho-ing it up with antlers and Christmas lights, wreaths around their necks and wearing ugly sweaters of their own.

For Hanukkah, they’re also in yarmulke, urging fans to belt “Llamakah, oh Llamakah,” like the holiday classic. The Paper Source is selling blue-and-white Llamakah gift wrap with the animals in scarves toting menorahs and wrapped presents.

So where does all this lead? Well, directly to Barry Sellers in Manchester, England, for one.

He’s a 34-year-old artist who used to do street graffiti under the tag “llamaphish” using llamas or a goldfish in an Army helmet, depending on his mood. Now, he’s selling a T-shirt of his own design in — count ’em — 40 different colors with a goofy, bug-eyed llama as a Christmas tree itself, a topper star on his head, lights and garland wrapped around him, wishing all: “Fa lla lla lla llama.”

Why, Barry, why?

“To be honest I have no idea. I’ve always drawn llamas,” he said by phone Tuesday. “I think it’s their facial expression. They’ve got a really funny face, almost condescending, like they’re laughing at you.”

He’s selling through the DIY site Teepublic at the moment, where designers upload their images for use on all sorts of stuff, including shirts, mugs, baby onesies and phone cases. He’s got plenty of company from others doing llamas.

“They’re just a funny animal,” Sellers said. “Even the name. It’s one of those words that’s just nice to say. It makes you laugh.”

Yasmeen Eldahan, 29, is a school teacher by day, a New Yorker living in Cairo, and a seller of all things llama at Zazzle on her own time. Why? Because they sell, she said via email.

“I suppose it has something to do with the quirky nature of llamas themselves,” Eldahan said. “They’re not traditionally cute, nor are they particularly cool. They’re unusual and humorous. And I think that appeals to people.”

She said she hasn’t branched out into Llamakkah items yet, “but I might consider it for future llamas!”

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What Do Llamas Have To Do With Christmas?

Traditionally when you think of Christmas, the animal that comes to mind is the reindeers. But Rudolf was forced out of the limelight a couple of years ago by an unexplained influx of Christmas owls. This year it's all change again, as surprisingly it seems to be llamas that are getting all the attention this Christmas.

When you think of Christmas there's a whole list of animals you probably associate with the season. Of course there's Santa's trusty team of magical reindeers and according to the nativity there's a donkey, and the camels that the three wise men arrived on. There is also often the mention of an ox and sheep in the nativity.

Ignoring the biblical references and looking back at the Norse and Scandinavian winter celebrations, traditionally families would celebrate with a yule goat or a yule boar, both of which were a source of food throughout winter. Even owls seemed to have become synonymous with Christmas over the last few years.

But no matter which of the Christmas traditions you delve into, there's no mention of a llama. Even a mouse gets a mention in the opening line of the classic poem, 'The Night Before Christmas'.

"Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse."

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The Llama Is Hijacking Christmas 2018

Despite its lack of cited seasonal relevance, Christmas llamas are becoming the dominant species in the world of winter festivities. Don't believe me?

You're sure to be traipsing around your local mall or town centre in the next few weeks, while you're there stop and look at the array of Christmas merchandise available, especially in the home decor and tree decoration sections... you'll find disproportionate amounts of llamas compared to other festive animals on display.

You'll see the catchphrase "fa la la la llama" printed on everything from Christmas cards to wrapping paper, plus llama shaped tree ornaments and knitted jumpers in stores this December, proving that the South American hump-less relation to the camel is bang on trend for Christmas 2018.

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The Origins Of The Christmas Llama

So what is the connection between llamas and Christmas? Well, just like the 2016 Christmas owl trend, no one really seems to know.

Some people think that it might have started as a play on words on the name of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah, which also falls in December. In the US there has been "happy Llamakah" products available to buy for the last couple of years.

December is also the month of National Llama Day in Canada and the Americas. It falls on December 9th and amazingly has been celebrated since 1932.

Whatever the origins, llamas are on the rise, featuring in home wear products in stores like Marks & Spencer, Sass & Belle and basically every where. Just take a look on Etsy, the online crafts marketplace.

There are 7,078 items for sale on Etsy with "Christmas llama" as part of their description. The same is true for eBay where a massive 5,458 Christmas llama products can be found.

Christmas Llama Watch 2018

Below are some of my favourite Christmas llamas I've spotted while out Christmas shopping this year, thanks to Toby for his llama contributions.

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