Our Christmas tree gets pretty

It’s done. We have a Christmas tree that’s decorated and — so far — our cat Scooter has not attacked it. In fact, he hasn’t even shown any interest.

In fairness, we’re having some work done on the house, and today our painter is busily sanding, vacuuming and painting, all of which tends to upset Scooter, who is currently taking advantage of the day bed upstairs to avoid the confusion. But our fingers are crossed that he’ll leave the Christmas tree alone.

I first showed off our tree almost a week ago, after we bought it and stuck it in a window to see if the cat would try to climb it. Here’s how the tree looked in my December 8 posting, “Our Christmas tree: We get real.”

Christmas tree, undecorated so far.


It did take us a while to get organized to decorate it, because we had to buy bulbs and lights and so on. But this morning, we finished the job, and here it is:



So it’s got little gold and red bulbs all over, a nifty decoration on top, and a set of lights with eight (eight!) settings; currently we are using the “twinkle” setting, so that the individual  lights are constantly flicking on and off.

Then of course we have some personal decorations, given to us over the years by friends — a pig (to signify our membership in the Wild Forest Pig Contrada), a bicycle (to signify our interest in cycling), and a beaver (Canadian, eh?).

The most recent addition is from our friend Julie in Ottawa, who sent Jan a maple leaf ornament that now has a place of honour near the top of the tree. Just press a small button on its back, and it plays several bars of “O Canada.” How patriotic is that?

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7 Responses to Our Christmas tree gets pretty

  1. Sam and Jill says:

    Hold on! we don’t see a “Snooty”ornament on your massive tree. No doubt your Canadian and European friends won’t understand this, but you REALLY should have one. Merry Xmas Chuds!

    • loren24250 says:

      Note to Canadian and European friends: Snooty is a (somewhat) famous manatee, who lives in Bradenton, Florida, in the very heart of Manatee County (get it? Manatee? Manatee County?). Sam, Merry Christmas to you and Jill too. Jan and I can hardly wait for our Snooty ornament!

  2. Paul says:

    Looks great, Loren — best of the season to you and Jan. You’ll have to write more about your membership in the Wild Forest Pig Contrada, unless you have already and I’ve missed it.

  3. Lesley says:

    You might go down the Snooty Manatee route as well, as I don’t get it!
    Happy Christmas to you both at RFD.
    I still don’t get it!

  4. loren24250 says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours too, Lesley. Regarding the manatee issue, is it that you don’t know what a manatee actually is? It’s a large mammal that lives in rivers, and looks something like a walrus. Here’s a link that should explain it all: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snooty

  5. Suzanne says:

    Beautiful! I remember when my cat pulled a tree down on top of himself — all to get a salt dough decoration that I had made at school! Merry Christmas to you both!!

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