A cat-safe Christmas / Una navidad segura de los gatos

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I have managed to get all our Christmas ornaments displayed in what I think are cat-safe locations. I have two trays of ornaments sitting on top of a bookcase in my office. Those will serve as centerpieces for Christmas Eve dinner and will then be placed back on top of the bookcase. If I leave them low, all the cats will see are two trays of new toys. So you’ll get to see those when we’re set up for dinner. The rest of our Christmas history is here for you to enjoy.


Logré exhibir todos nuestros adornos navideños en lo que creo que son lugares seguros de los gatos. Tengo dos bandejas de adornos encima de un librero en mi oficina. Esos servirán como centros de mesa para la cena de Nochebuena y luego se volverán a colocar encima de la librería. Si los dejo bajos, todo lo que los gatos verán serán dos bandejas de juguetes nuevos. Entonces podrás verlos cuando estemos listos para la cena. El resto de nuestra historia navideña está aquí para que la disfrutes.

• In 1983, we bought a large, antique metal butcher shop sign in the shape of a pig and hung it on a high wall in our kitchen. Everyone assumed we collected pigs. So, we did.
• En 1983, compramos un gran letrero de carnicería de metal antiguo con la forma de un cerdo y lo colgamos en una pared alta de nuestra cocina. Todos asumieron que recolectábamos cerdos. Entonces, lo hicimos.
• A collection of travel memories. London, Disneyland, Washington State, Colorado, Norway, Amsterdam, Calico (a ghost town in California), plus an ice cream cone made by me. SG’s mother made him the blue ornament in the ’80s. It has a music box that died years ago.
• Una colección de recuerdos de viajes. Londres, Disneylandia, Estado de Washington, Colorado, Noruega, Ámsterdam, Calico (un pueblo fantasma en California), más un cono de helado hecho por mí. La madre de SG le hizo el adorno azul en los años 80. Tiene una caja de música que murió hace años.
• San Geraldo made this in Sunday school when he was three years old. It used to be a two-sided tent card, but the fold split.
• San Geraldo hizo esto en la escuela dominical cuando tenía tres años. Solía ser una tarjeta de tienda de dos caras, pero el pliegue se dividió.
• This was done by our dear friend Sarah in 1983 when she was 6. She was obsessed with the musical “Annie.” Her sister Anne was born less than a year later. This is a keeper, as are they. We got together in New York in April.
• Esto lo hizo nuestra querida amiga Sarah en 1983 cuando tenía 6 años. Estaba obsesionada con el musical “Annie”. Su hermana Anne nació menos de un año después. Este es un guardián, como ellos. Nos reunimos en Nueva York en abril.
• The blacked-out second-floor windows were our living room in Beacon Hill, Boston. A friend of ours found a box of cards in 1981 when we lived there. It didn’t look much different at the time.
• Las ventanas oscurecidas del segundo piso eran nuestra sala de estar en Beacon Hill, Boston. Un amigo encontró una caja de tarjetas navideñas en 1981 cuando vivíamos allí. No se veía muy diferente en ese momento.
• Hanging from the chandelier in the dining room.
• Colgado del candelabro del comedor.
• Should we be worried?
• ¿Debemos estar preocupados?

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Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

32 thoughts on “A cat-safe Christmas / Una navidad segura de los gatos”

  1. Hahahahaha, Dudo’s got his eye on that flying pig! What a delightful assortment of charming ornaments and memories. Especially the little lambs with the cotton balls glued on by wee SG!

    1. Debra:
      Dudo could easily reach that pig, too. I’m grateful he’s not a complete nutcase. Those little lambs are 70 years old!

  2. Our cats never bother our Christmas stuff; the garland hanging off doorways and the fireplace is left alone; the bowl of old ornaments on the coffee table are never bothered, and the giant collection of giant ornamament and holly on the dining table is at peace.
    I don’t know how we’ve been so lucky.

    Love the Ruby Slipper and the Flying Pig … almost as much as the cats!

    1. Bob:
      Our California cats never showed any interest in the tree or the decorations. I didn’t appreciate how lucky we were.

  3. LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dudo is up to no good. I can hear the planning from here. Either that or he thinks you two are crazy. Love the portrait of you past place you lived, that is very cool. I also enjoyed your selection of ornaments. The best part of them is the memories of them.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      Fortunately, Dudo is a bit nuts, but also sometimes reasonable. So far so good. Having all the ornaments out with all the happy memories has been wonderful this year.

  4. Please be impressed that I immediately recognized the Cal seal on in the first pic. I am a great fan of academic heraldry and frou-frou, as you can well imagine. Love the little sheepies, SG was obviously headed in the right direction even at that young age. Pic of Dudo is priceless.

    1. Wicked Hamster:
      I didn’t think anyone would even be able to see that. The trained eye. I cracked up when I saw Dudo and was fortunate to have my phone in my hand at that moment. (Although he sat and plotted for a good long while.) He knows he can reach it. It’s the coming down on all the candlesticks that may worry him. He’s no dummy.

    1. David:
      We do have a flying I’ll share, but you’re right about cats. Dudo could easily reach that.

    1. Jim:
      He finds it fascinating but, so far, he hasn’t jumped. As long as all the candlesticks are below it, we might be safe.

  5. Your ornaments are wonderful! Do you have trouble finding them all when it’s time to put them away?

    1. Chrissoup:
      Oh, yeah. Even when they’re mostly on the tree, I invariably find one or two after everything else is packed in boxes.

  6. Ornaments and decorations are a great way to refresh old memories! You can totally tell what Dudo is thinking. Yes, you should be worried.

    1. Steve:
      Dudo could so easily make that leap. Thankfully, he always thinks things through. He checked out the candlesticks on the table and I think realized that’s where he’d land. Still, there’s time. It is so good to have everything out this year. So many sweet memories.

  7. That adorable pig is being displayed to its best possible advantage in God-light and everything… and one can practically see the gears turning in Dudo’s mind, LOL! I hope he doesn’t do any damage to himself or the ambience if he tries to catch the flying pig!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      Dudo is smart and checked out the landing that would take place — on the candlesticks. So, so far at least, all he did was look. I love that pig and I love the way it looks up there.

  8. Love everything and all the pigs. Not sure what pigs and Christmas mean but it is adorable. Dudo is getting ready to attack the monster in the house to protect you all and have a wonderful Christmas. We were so lucky cats and dogs never bother the Christmas decorations.

    1. Parsnip:
      We’ve got Christmas mermaids, too. Who knows why. At this very moment, Dudo and Moose are chasing each other back and forth around the terrace and into my office where they come to a sliding stop before running back out. The ornaments are so far unaffected.

  9. I’d be worried about a cat on the table going after that pig. I’ve seen too many Christmas cat memes.


    1. janiejunebug:
      Oh, I was worried, too. But Dudo is smarter than the average cat. He knows he can make the jump, but he doesn’t like where he might land (lots of heavy candle sticks with spike-like candles). Let’s hope it stays that way.

  10. Yes ornaments collected during travel abroad are the best. We have lots and they are so unique. As for the cats I just don’t get it with their fascination about ornaments. Dogs just don’t care.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      And Dudo could make that leap with no effort. He IS a flying cat. Moose is like a cartoon when he prepares to jump. You can see the hinds legs gearing up. Dudo beams himself up. You can’t even see the effort being made.

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