Christmas

A cat and two Christmas trees

12:08 PM

I got a busy weekend, filled with the usual errands, a morning walk by the shore, and Saint Nicolas. I baked my usual ginger bread cake. And because we were so busy, and Ishita was so exited, we did put the Christmas tree up earlier that the 6th. I took it out of the wardrobe on December 4th, DH came home early, we played the Christmas album from Boney M (don't judge, I grew up on that one...it is as much part of Chriatmas as Milano cookies). I immortalised our 2014 tree edition in picture and swore to find the time to take day light pictures later.


The daylight picture however, never happened. My cat had other plans regarding the Christmas tree. I grew up with cats. Cats who all ignored the tree royally beyond just getting away with one or two paper ornaments. None of the cats I ever had growing up ever felt the need to attack the tree in any vicious ways. So when Mittens started showing an interest in us putting the tree up, it did t really clue me in just yet.


See? Just normal kitty curiosity. Curiosity I nipped in the bud when she tried climbing the undecorated tree. I sprayed enough water on her to leave said tree alone until Sunday night. Then she got bored watching Star Trek on TV with me and attempted to climb it once or twice. I took her away each time and she went back to ignoring it. She attempted the climb again several time on Monday morning, each time we shooed her away, until she made a break for it while I was in the kitchen frantically packing a school bag to make it in time for the school bus (we were running late).
That is when I heard a big crash in the living room, followed by Ishita screaming Maaaaaaaaamaaaaaaaaa. I ran there only to find what I expected to find: the tree on the ground, ornaments everywhere (fortunately all plastic and u breakable), my cat still walking on the collapsed tree and my daughter starting to cry because the tree was down.

This tree was old. We bought it in 2008, and it has been through 4 moves, and rusted through 4 Mumbai monsoons. The stand was plastic, and in the past 3 years I spent a great deal of effort gluing it back together before each Christmas decoration session. This year, I knew it would have been its last Christmas in our home as I was resorting to folded newspapers to prevent it from tilting too much (it was still tilting). What I didn't expect though was my cat climbing it. And when it crashed, I expected to be able to put it back up and redecorated it while Ishita was in school.

That never happened. The plastic stand was broken beyond any possible repair and I had a semi-historical kiddo to get to school. Kiddo that was distraught at the idea that Santa would not come now that the tree was kaput (no idea where she got that idea though).
I did some quick thinking, dropped Ishita in the bus, then ran back upstairs to grab my purse, and hopped into an auto. Direction my favourite craft and stationary store (they sell tree and ornaments for Christmas). I found a nice 6 feet tall tree (a foot taller than the old one), threw in a couple of extra ornaments and tinsels to fill the extra foot of space and made it straight back home to redecorate the tree.

We don't want Santa to ignore our home just because the cat killed the tree right? More than anything I didn't want to deal with Ishita being distraught seeing no tree on her way back home. So I went on working on the 2.0 version of Xmas Tree 2014



Tree that the cat attempted to climb almost immediately and which attempt resulted in getting sprayed with water (memo for next year, keep a small Holi water gun for Christmas...) The new tree has a more sturdy and far more stable metallic stand, which hopefully will mean no fatal crashes. It is also taller and fluffier, which just serve to show how old and scrawny our old tree had become.
Ishita returned home feeling happy the instant she saw that the tree was back. actually relieved was more the way to describe it. Christmas was not ruined before it ever got a chance of happening, Santa will still come, and she gave an earfull to the cat about it, lecturing her on how the tree was off limits...we can hope it didn't fall in a deaf kitty ear...

Meanwhile, I have a busy week ahead, as I already announced on Facebook and G+, don't be alarmed at the possible lack of updates.

18 comments

  1. Anonymous2:48 PM

    Merry Christmas. It was wonderful that Ishita was happy again. So, who gets to be the Santa Claus in your home??

    Apple

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    1. Santa doesn't show up in our house :-) he comes in the middle of the night to drop the present. And Ishita is amazed at the fact he actually drink his milk and eat the cookie. I found it cute that she decided that the fact our cat killed the Cjristmas tree would mean Santa would not come to drop a gift on the 25th.

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    2. Anonymous4:09 PM

      Children are innocent in their thinking. The way she scolded the cat was also so cute LOL. Santa comes at night and puts the gifts in stockings I guess?? When I was a kid, I wondered, how could someone fly in a sledge carrying all the gifts for all the children of the world and distribute it in one night. Incredibly busy man for his age. May be, he is like Hanuman. Hanuman flew to Himalayas from Sri Lanka and carried the entire mountain containing life saving herb Sanjivini, all in in one night, to save Lakshman life. Moreover, how does he manage to drop in through the chimney? Indian houses typically do not have chimneys. Since Indian houses do not have chimneys does he ring the door bell instead of dropping in through the chimney?? Strange queries of a young mind.

      Then there is the tooth fairy story regarding the breaking first milk tooth of a child. In Europe there is a tooth fairy story. In India, a child has to wish that the tooth is replaced by a mouse tooth because the tooth of mouse grow all life. There is something incredibly cute about children's fairy tales.

      Apple

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    3. In Switzerland, the tooth fairy does not exist, we have a mouse that come and collect milk teeth and leave a coin in its place :-)

      I wondered how Saint Nicolas came to my place as a kid, we don't have the chimney thing with him, he walk around with a donkey, but I kept wondering how he could come in undetected into my apartment building with a donkey :-)

      Seeing how Ishita believes and imagine Santa is cute and really shows that there is magic in it all, all it takes is a little believing :-)

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    4. Anonymous12:34 PM

      I can almost picture her pointing her little finger towards the cat and lecturing her sternly.

      Apple

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    5. You are picturing it right :-) this is exactly how it happened. The cat got a long lecture on how it was bad habit, and that Santa would not come if the tree was broken. Not sure my cat got the message though, but it was really cute.

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  2. Anonymous12:28 AM

    Great tree decoration.....keep up the good work....

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  3. Anonymous12:49 AM

    It feels great when you are anticipating an upcoming festival and happily and excitingly keep yourself busy in preparations to make the best of the time to cherish the later moment. It reminds me of the time when I was in the UK for my post graduation. I used to work in a convenience store and during Christmas time I used to see people busy in doing stuff for Christmas and I used to wish that I could be a part of that celebration but afraid due to some past bitter experiences with the people of that area, but my whole notion changed dramatically when one day, an old unknown white lady popped into the store with a card saying merry Christmas and gave it to me with a kiss on my cheeks and she said that I know love, you are alone here but don't worry Santa is with you.....what a lovely and relieving lines to a home sick person looking for some affection.......This memory still give me goose bumps and teaches me that any festival is not meant for a certain religion, it is for everyone irrespective of any religion and color to bring people closer.

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    1. This is such a sweet story, you know what? it gave me goosebumps reading it. because this is exactly what Christmas is about, sharing love, it goes beyond religion, it is a time to share the spirit with everybody, and keep some magic alive. festivals, any festivals is a time to share and spread love, and it has nothing to do with religion.

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  4. Lol. Cats! I had to get a new tree myself this year. I like your second tree, it's very pretty and looks really good in the space.

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    1. There must have been a time when my old tree looked better, I can't find some of the early pictures anymore, I think they vanished in the desktop crash years ago. Though back then there wasn't much choice when it came to trees, I just took what was there without being picky. The new tree, I knew were to find something decent, I was not expecting such a tall one though, because most trees for sales around here are 5 feet max and the week before I was at that store and they didn't have the one I bought this Monday.

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  5. Nice Article and Image Dear...... I like Your Post.....

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