It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas... and other stories

First Christmas decorating session in the new house!

Of course, Maia had to be involved in everything.

Except, of course, for the group photo. At least we got her in one shot:

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Of course, the Christmas ornaments have been gradually migrating to one quadrant of the tree, high and away from tables the cat can climb upon. She and I keep having this conversation:

Me: "Maia, the Christmas ornaments are not toys... honestly..."

Maia: "If it rolls, it is a toy. If it swings, it is a toy. If I can liberate it from your absurd hiding places, it is a toy. Oh, and so are your Christmas cactus blossoms."

Me: "You... you are getting a lump of coal in your stocking this year."

Maia: "Cool beans. Aren't those just about the right size for batting around the floor? I bet they leave an interesting black trail, too."

Also, this week I found an avocado behind a chair in the living room. I guess I won't be leaving such things on the counter anymore, no matter how well I think I've got them tucked out of her reach.

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Writers' link of the week: P.W. Creighton on the Holiday narrative.

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Music of the week: Vivaldi's Gloria, with special thanks to Maria both for reminding me of the piece and for recommending this good recording.

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Random amusements of the week: Merry Kitschmas parts one, two, and three, compiled and suitably punned by Eric Pazdziora.

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I love Christmas.

A very merry one to you and yours!


  1. Happy Christmas to you all!! Even to grumpy faced Maia.

    Oh well, at least she'll have her revenge! ;)

  2. We have to do the same with our ornaments..high, with only the ones we wouldn't mind seeing shredded on the lowest branches. Luba loves killing ornaments! Merry Christmas!!

  3. Thanks for sharing the festive photos in the new house. The second one above with Maia eyeing the tree could have an amusing thought bubble... : "One tree, so many possibilities!"

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Jenna!

  4. Haha!!! I never tire of the Naughty Cat Tales! How on earth did she manage to abscond with an avocado?

    And hooray for your first Christmas in your own house!

  5. Thanks, all, and many blessings on all of your holidays!

    Ah, pets, these vengeful, ornament-killing, tree-attacking things. :P Maria, I'm still not sure how she got the avocado unwrapped from its plastic bag and out of the corner I had it tucked into, but you'd think I'd have learned not to underestimate her. Since it rolls, I have no trouble picturing her batting it into the living room, though. Naughty creature. ;)

  6. Belated thanks for the links, and happy Christmas!


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