Friday, December 24, 2010

The Magic of Christmas - Crib Notes

The holidays have arrived in a cloud of garland and pine needles, and it’s been operation Ho, Ho, Ho here at our house. Yes, we’ve had to keep a firm handle on our sense of humor this year.

First we discovered that our kittens can’t read the Advent calendar at all. They have each insisted on opening presents, much to the horror of the diligent wrapper who discovered the crime scene under the tree – three separate times.

The kittens also jump on the counter to try to attack the Christmas cookies, thwarted only by the screams of the holiday bakers who had foolishly stepped away for some eggnog.

The aforementioned kittens have now discovered the value of fresh air and sunshine during cookie cooling hours. And we’ve resorted to hiding the presents. All of them. There have even been a few frightening moments involving the kittens, the Christmas tree, and strands of garland.

Next we discovered that some sort of huge power surge must have killed off our rather expansive light collection last year. When we unpacked our 20 boxes of holiday decorations, dozens of strings had every single light on the string filled with smoky looking bulbs. Given our poor luck with inflatables (you may remember that our snowman and penguin ended up in Kerr County in years past), we are a little wanting in the outdoor decoration department.

Then there was the mantle. This summer we took a rather substantial fallen tree from a friend’s house and fashioned it into a massive mantle for our fireplace. A mantle so massive, our stocking hangers are completely useless. Our stockings remain in a pile, waiting for the hooks (which are on the ever growing holiday honey do list).

Still, we are coasting into the final stretch. Most of the cookies have survived the kitten commandoes. The tree is still vertical and only a few ornaments have been mortally wounded in feline attacks. We managed to toss up a few more lights outside and we found one stocking holder that is working out on the massive mantle.

On Christmas morning we will sit among the unwrapped presents, down the surviving cookies, and play holiday carols all day long. And we’ll probably forget we had to re-wrap presents three times and hide them in the recycle bin and secure our tree to the windowsill. And I bet we won’t even notice that some of our icicle lights are out.

That’s part of the magic of Christmas


Allenspark Lodge said...

"kittens have now discovered the value of fresh air and sunshine"

Ho Ho Ho! Funny!


Wolfie said...

Sounds like a magical Christmas to me! Best wishes from Canada!!

Mikey said...

Lol, you gotta love kittens! I love that they learned the value of fresh air and sunshine, lol.
Have a very Merry Christmas!

Paint Girl said...

I am sorry, I just had to laugh at this post! It brings back so many memories of when my cats were young and would destroy the ornaments on the tree, climb up into the tree and unwrap the presents. Thankfully we haven't had any serious problems with the cats in years, and I was finally able to put ornaments all the way to the bottom of the tree this year.
Although, my dog Bailey has been caught red handed unwrapping presents, yeppers, he tried unwrapping his own present! I finally had to disguise it in a box and rewrap so he would leave it alone!
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!

Ms Martyr said...

My cats thought the presents under the tree were a Yuletide litterbox. Fortunately that only happened one year.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.

BrownEyed Cowgirl said...

Hoping you all are having a wonderful Christmas Day.

Story said...

We used to have these red styrofoam strawberry decorations that we put on the tree. They were really cute with a bit of sparkle to them. And so didn't matter how high on the tree we put them, they always ended up scattered around the house. And yet not another thing on the tree would be disturbed! Our cat, Muffin, had a bit of a foam fettish lol.

I was shocked this year. It was Skoshy's first Christmas with us and she showed no interest in the tree at all, and normally she's such a nosy girl.

Hope you are having a very Merry Christmas!

Jan said...

Breathe, What a pretty reindeer! :) And what fun to hear of your kitten adventures!

Rising Rainbow said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Jeni said...

I once had to tie the tree to a hook in the ceiling.....

so YES you will laugh at this because well... All is fine !

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

morningbrayfarm said...

Sounds like a totally magical Christmas. I love it. :)

Merry Christmas Winter!!! Lots of love to you from all of us at Morning Bray Farm!!!

kden said...

Kitties and Christmas, a great combination. Sounds like a great time regardless.