Christmas trees and cats don’t mix

I know I probably sound like Captain Obvious, but it’s been a few years since Ben and I put up a Christmas tree and I’d totally forgotten what it was like to have kittens and decorations.

Usually it’s just too hot for me to think it’s actually Christmas (because Christmas should be cold, don’tchaknow), and Ben usually doesn’t care one way or another.

christmas treeThis year, since we’re in a new house, I thought it would be neat to put up the tree.

Damara and Leon love it. 

So much so that I wake up to find its lower branches almost touching the floor because they like to pull them down.  They also like to fall asleep under it, which is adorable, so I can overlook the fact that I’m adjusting branches daily.

I haven’t been able to get any clear shots of them under it because it’s so darn dark under there and they’re black, so yeah.  You get the picture!

The older kitties must really take after Ben, since they really haven’t paid the tree any mind.

We weren’t really going to do Christmas this year, since we’re saving for things, but now that the tree up, Ben thinks we should (so not what I had in mind by decorating).  Not sure what to do there!  I wasn’t planning on that happening.  I’m quite alright with having no presents, since we got my new (to me) phone, and Ben got some new hiking shoes that he’s wanted for a while.

first strawberriesIn the garden, there’s not much to report!  Things are still doing the ‘growing’ thing! :)  I did harvest my first strawberries a couple of days ago, though!  Next time I think I’ll let them get as red as the one in the middle before I pick them — that one was a lot sweeter than the other two.

They actually look pretty festive! :)

Do you celebrate Christmas or Yule?  What gets you in the holiday spirit?

 

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. aprilvak
    Dec 09, 2011 @ 03:28:23

    We have been so pleasantly surprised this year! We’ve only had to repair cat damage to the tree a couple of times. I guess the lecture worked! Last year we gave up well before Christmas, and ended up with the most raggedy poor tree.

    What gets me in the holiday spirit, though, is pajama pants. The last Christmas we spent with my family I packed probably 2 sets of real clothes and 5 sets of pjs. Most of the year I wear nightgowns, so pjs just have that special holiday feel.

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    • gwen
      Dec 14, 2011 @ 12:08:35

      My mom used to let us open one present (our pajamas) on Christmas Eve! It’s an awesome tradition I hope to carry on one day.

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  2. Rebecca
    Dec 09, 2011 @ 09:58:46

    would it be possible to *make* gifts for each other this year, since you’re saving and whatnot? I’m making soap and sugar scrub for my friends. I did have to make the initial purchase, which kind of defeats the purpose and hopefully it works out because I haven’t actually started yet…..

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  3. Carolina HeartStrings
    Dec 11, 2011 @ 12:10:06

    Growing up we had a cat that liked to knock things out of the lower branches. My mom would put less breakable/valuable stuff on the bottom. It probably annoyed her but they’re fun memories for me.

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    • gwen
      Dec 14, 2011 @ 12:06:50

      Lol yep! I purposely put all the ornaments on the next set of branches up! It’s definitely fun to see them enjoy playing under the tree.

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