As Christmas relentlessly draws near, I can say with great certainty that there will not be a chapter snippet post for Once Upon a Time this Sunday. For as the date comes ever closer, my feeling of preparedness grows ever more nonexistent. There’s a great deal of baking and gift wrapping to roll up my sleeves for and I haven’t started one lick of it. But before all that merry work begins, it would be downright wrong not to have a Christmas-related post!
Insert the five-foot artificial tree that resides in our attic 11 months out of the year and our adorable, tree-loving cat.
Gizmo joined our family back in June due to an unexpected litter of my brother’s cat and promises made by said brother that the cute ball of fur he held up to me would end up being fed to the snakes if I didn’t take her home. I don’t think the kitten would have actually become snake food but since we already have two other cats, there’s a part of me that figured “Hey, what’s one more?” (As a bit of a side note to that, my husband has made more than one comment about me becoming a crazy cat lady if we acquire any more cat daughters and so three is probably a good number to cap things off at).
When we first brought her home, Gizmo did all the adorable things that kittens are wont to do, including falling asleep in your lap…
and bravely defending the house from zombies – well, plush ones with pull-apart Velcro head, arms, and legs anyway.
Now, neither of our other two cats have ever taken an avid interest in the Christmas tree. But you see, Gizmo is not your ordinary hyperactive ball of fur. Oh no, no. Gizmo is also a SQUIRREL CAT. Exhibit A is her very squirrel-like tail:
Exhibit B is that she has actually been spotted chasing squirrels in the trees during the times we let her outside. Not to chase down and eat them as one would think her predator instincts should compel her, but to PLAY! Exhibit C could be that my doomed attempt to have a lovely Christmas tree set up in our living room has gone from this:
Now just so you know, there were reprimands involving water guns and such for the little darling’s re-decorating. But I couldn’t NOT capture the moment and take a few pictures before yelling at her. Maybe I’m a bad cat mommy. But how could I resist? Look at that absolutely adorable mischievous face!
This was more of a random post than most but a bit seasonal nonetheless. I have little hope of our Christmas tree surviving to the official demolition day I’ve set (the day after New Year’s). At least that will be one less trip up the attic stairs this year. I’m also thinking that one of those “cat trees” would be an appropriate gift to ask my brother (a carpenter) to make for me. Then again, if Gizmo were human, she would have certainly deserved a very hefty lump of coal.
Whether you’re ready for Christmas to be here or not, here’s hoping this time of year finds you with more peace than stress (even if you come home to a sidewise tree in your living room). Remember we’re celebrating the birth of an amazing baby boy – which, admittedly, decorated trees and blinking lights don’t necessarily go hand in hand with (probably the reason I was more amused than angry with Gizmo’s tree infatuation). And if nothing else, the holidays are known for lots of good eating, so remember to take a moment and grab a festive snack!
Merrrrrry Christmas Everyone!