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.”
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?