Tuesday, December 23, 2008

How to Enjoy Christmas like a Cat

Our tree is up. Sierra gets credit for doing most of the decorating this year. I think she did a great job.

Christmas Tree 08

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.

Christmas Cat Too

This year, Merlin has also decided to be an ornament.

Christmas Cat

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.


flmom said...

Sierra did a lovely job!

My oldest and I had a grand time laughing at the cat photos. Too cute!

No broken ornaments this year (yet), but quite a few have been knocked off compliments of my little one and the dog brushing against the tree.

Sending wishes to you and your family for a very Merry Christmas!!!

Anonymous said...

I think Sierra did an outstanding job decorating the tree! 2 out of 5 cats apparently agree and decided to become one with the decorations. Great pictures.
Love, Linda

Anonymous said...

I love this blog post. I could not agree more. I would like to forward this post and pictures to all the people I know who are afflicted with "PTD" (pet tolerance deficit). Some people I know are okay with the part about kids, but want to banish all pets to the back porch, or worse yet, outside. My two cats and dog are part of my family, and, like you said, most "things" are replaceable, and if they're not, they're put up out of reach. And no, the pets are not taking the place of kids in my life. I have two kids, six grandkids, and six great grandkids. Most of them also have extended family members of the four legged variety. Thanks for the opportunity to vent. This is a subject close to my heart.


Alison said...

My cats have never bothered with the tree, which I am thankful for! The Ginger cat looks very cute playing with the snowman ornament :-)

jugglingpaynes said...

Lynn-Feel free to forward it, if you think it would help. I'm glad to give you an opportunity to vent and I hope you and all of your furry friends have a very Merry Christmas!

Mama Teaching 2 said...

LOL! Your kitties are too funny!

Janet said...

I love your posts! Your cat are beautiful and we really enjoy seeing how everybody can enjoy the tree!

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