Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Cats and Christmas! What Could Be Better?


by Jillian Hart (from Leann Sweeney's Cats in Trouble Mystery Series)

My three cats, Chablis, Merlot and Syrah, love Christmas as much as five-year-old children. This is when I bring the outdoors inside. They get a real tree to sniff, swat, sleep under and yes, climb. My tree never looks the same from one day to the next. Something is always missing or askew and sadly, there are times I have woken up to a toppled tree. I'm thinking that gives my three fur kids a sense of power. As if they think, "Yup. That was us. Took down a tree today."

I like to think their favorite part is the handmade quilted tree skirt I made. It's reversible because the pattern is a two-for-one. One side is greens and reds and golds, and the other side is all different shades of gold. I gave the other one where the pieces go in the opposite direction to my stepdaughter Kara. This was a costly project because I had to buy a special ruler to cut it out. But it is the favorite out spot for the cats from the time I set it out under the tree.

That means no gifts under there. The ornaments are fair game, but if I wrap a present, I don't want a cat undoing it before it's time. The gifts stay hidden away and then I offer up ribbon after I've done the wrapping. Ribbon? Best cat toy ever. I delight in their fun, I don't worry that they'll ruin anything. That's not the kind of woman I am. Bringing joy even to my little friends is what the season is all about.

What about you? Do your pets love Christmas as much as mine do?


Happy Holidays from everyone in Mercy, South Carolina!

10 comments:

  1. When I was growing up, our cats sat and watched us decorate the trees and when we went to bed, she was having a field day playing with the ornament and we all listened because we knew it was going to happened. Wait for it, wait for it, there it goes...she toppled the tree and we run out and there she sat on her throne with a look that said "Merry Christmas" to me.

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  2. And later, after they're done playing with the used wrapping paper and ribbon, they fashion a nice, comfy nest for themselves where they can nap until tidbits for the main meal might be ready . . .

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  3. Your cats had great holidays and YES, Janet. All that crinkly paper is wonderful for rolling around on and then settling in for a snooze.

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  4. Last Christmas my cats were kittens, and they had far more important things to do than pay attention to the Christmas tree -- apart from the odd swat. This year...I dunno....Sophie has chewed through three AC wires for my laptop ($100 a pop) and has begun working on a fourth. Perhaps she'll find that Christmas tree WAAAAAY more interesting than last year. The tree has yet to make an appearance. Perhaps it won't.

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  5. Miss Sarah has killed and disemboweled four wrapping-paper rolls and endless crumpled balls of paper. I feel so much safer now.

    Merry Christmas, Jillian, Chablis, Merlot, and Syrah!

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  6. Oh, Hilary. My Himalayan LOVED the power cords when she was younger. I lost quite a few as well. And Laine, Miss Sarah is doing her best to keep you protected. Good kitty! :-)

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  7. No kitties here to demolish the tree. And I think Max, the oldest fish alive, won't be a problem!

    Love the kitten pic!

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  8. Max would have a problem at my house with three fish loving cats--and that's not in a good way for Max. :-)

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  9. My dogs are keeping an eye on the kitchen and the dining room and the front door. The past couple of years, they've had three different admirers show up with dog biscuits and cards to Daisy and Lily. It's already started ...

    I imagine Charlotte Adams' dogs, Truffle and Sweet Marie would topple a tree or two as part of a day's work.

    Merry merry all you kitties.

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  10. Chablis, Merlot and Syrah, as well as Indigo, Archie Goodwin and Agatha Christie all wave their paws back at your puppy dogs, MJ! It is a special time for the fur kids.

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