Every once in a while, a hashtag comes along that is so pure and delightful, you wonder how you survived on the internet without it.

#RateASpecies is that hashtag.

It's a tongue-in-cheek hashtag that zoos, aquariums, and wildlife centers have been using to write humorous Amazon-style "reviews" of different animals. It's a silly, carefree way to learn real facts about the amazing creatures around us.

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All it takes to get in a festive mood is a sprinkling of snow and a soft hill to sled — or even roll — down.

Just ask MeiXiang, an adorable 19-year-old giant panda.

GIF via The National Zoo.

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Every so often, as I'm driving out in the country, I pass one of those Christmas tree farms.

You know, the ones just off the side of the road, their little bushy pines set up in rows like children lining up for school?

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