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!
Submitted by Leann Sweeney