Our tree is up. Sierra gets credit for doing most of the decorating this year. I think she did a great job.
We had to make sure the angel was very secure. You might remember the antics of a certain kitten last year. Well, he still thinks the tree is the most awesome cat toy ever. And since he is now the largest of our cats, the tree topper has been clamped to the tree with large clips.
This year, Merlin has also decided to be an ornament.
Some may wonder at us allowing our cats in the tree. They would be the readers who don't have cats. (I'm kidding!) My husband notes that at least with this tree, we don't have to climb up after them! The truth is, I do get frustrated from time to time. Things get broken or lost in the excitement of having that tree. It's not unlike having a toddler in the house. In fact, I think we lost more ornaments to enthusiastic young children than to cats. We keep the breakable ornaments securely tied at the top of the tree and I try to make sure I don't leave any food unattended, lest it get knocked over or nibbled. I really do enjoy watching our feline friends run through the house. They bring laughter and cuddles when we most need it. A house that is beautifully decorated might look nice in the pages of a magazine, but decorations are just things. Replaceable things, at that. Children and pets show what is truly important this time of year: the restless joy of the season and the love of family and friends.