Holidays with the Pets

It wouldn’t be Christmas without our pets. They make things so much more fun during the holidays. And they look so adorable with their Santa hats or elf cost266umes we receive on Christmas cards. They are little angels. Mine are no exception.

Say for example the other night when both Maks and Nicky decided to get wild out by the tree. I got out of bed three times to chase them away from the tree (which I rigged with bells so I know then they are in the tree). Just as I drift off again, I hear an ornament break. I race out of bed, round the corner and the glass shatter alarm kicks in. It’s now mi042dnight, I have the alarm going off, glass under the tree, and I’m not happy! And Nicky looks suspiciously guilty.

Then th2012-12-31_21-03-33_477ere is the idea of wrapping gifts early. Not in my house. Both boys already rummaged through the lone gift bag my mother sent. It’s not even under the tree but in my office. Sigh…But we love them, don’t we?

Here are a couple of pictures of the boys at Christmas time. Don’t they look all sweet and innocent? They would never get into a tree or break an ornament.

Enjoy the pictures with a cookie.

Frostbite Cookies:

¾ cup of Craisins (I use the orange flavored ones)

3 TBSP Orange Juice

½ cup butter

¾ cup sugar

1 egg

2 tsp grated orange peel

1 cup flour

1tsp baking soda

1 ½ cup quick oats


1 ¼ cup white chocolate chips – reserved

1 tsp vegetable oil – reserved

Combine craisins and orange juice, microwave for about 1 minute. Let stand. Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and orange peel. Stir in flour and baking soda. Mix in oats and craisin mixture. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes.

Once the cookies have cooled, microwave the chips and oil until melted. Dip ½ a cookie into the melted chocolate and place on waxed paper untilSCANDAL OF THE SEASON set.  


So tell me about your pet adventures during the holidays. I need stories so I know I’m not alone in this!

I’m giving away a copy of Scandal of the Season to one commenter.




  • Helen says:

    Is he coming to visit me

    Have fun

  • Jane says:

    Hello Christie,
    We don’t have any pets, so no stories to share. I have seen videos where cats are attacking the tree and pawing the ornaments and tinsel.

  • Helen says:


    They really are mischeivious aren’t they 🙂 we don’t have any pets now so our tree is safe from pets but not grandchildren lol we have had many a cat run up our Christmas tree and send ornaments everywhere but at least they have never knocked one over 🙂

    Love the pictures they really are cute

    Have fun

    The GR is coming to some really hot weather it is 40c here at the moment and the air on is keeping us cool

  • Amy Conley says:

    Our oldest cat, Merlin is afraid of EVERYTHING, and that includes the tree, thank goodness. We have never had to worry about him getting near it, nevermind breaking anything. But Gwennie, well she’s a different story. She loves to explore. She will check the tree out a time or two, then she leaves it alone. I think she’s only ever broken one ornament and it was from a bottom branch, so that was as much my fault as hers.

  • Mary Preston says:

    We used to have a canary that would sit on top of the Angel that sat atop the Christmas tree. Obviously the best perch in the house.

  • blodeuedd says:

    Our cat got to see his first xmas tree. We had bought a small plastic one cos we were scared, and by right we were so. He tore it to pieces, put his teeth in it and dragged it away. Now he sleeps on it, the beast he is

  • Mozette says:

    This is my first real Christmas without Little Miss Stevie… and I’ve had a really tough time with it. It took me 3 days to get all the decorations up – tree included – and I’m thankful I got it all done and didn’t turn into a complete Scrooge in the process (it’s easy to do when a pet dies around this time of year).

    But I remember a few years back, when I put the tree up next to her, she hated it… so I told her to get used to it and that was it… she loved it when the light went on, and enjoyed it immensely. I took the tree down at the end of the traditional 12 days after and the following year, I pulled it out of hibernation to find that half the tree was absolutely coated in her white bum-fluff feathers! I looked from her to the tree and back, and laughed… there was my tiny little budgie who had sat on the very edge of her cage every day for the whole 6 weeks to Christmas the year before the flicked her bum-fluff feathers all over one half of the tree!!! Such a scream! So, what did I do? I turned the tree around so she could do the other half, of course! And she did!

    Then, last year, my heart was shattered when she died… and I had to bump the feathers off the tree before putting it away… this year, I’m still picking feathers off the damned thing. I cried the first time I saw one on the tree and started to laugh and cry at the same time when I picked it off as I remembered how long it took her to cover that tree in her bum-fluff feathers! *sniffle* I’m still getting a bit sniffly about it now. 🙂

    • Debbie Oxier says:

      So sorry. We love our pets when they are with us but it is so hard to day goodbye. I am right there with you on that!

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Awww Mozette, Big cyber ((((hugs)))) to you.

    • I’m so sorry, Mozette. It’s hard to lose a loved one at this time of year. The story was wonderful, though.

      • Mozette says:

        I’m thinking of writign a book about her… there’s so many books about cats and dogs and how they change people’s lives out there, that people don’t realise how much a little bird can do the same thing.

        I mean, she was just a little ball of fluff and feathers really… but, wow, what a personality! 😀

        And the really bad thing about this was how sudden Little Miss Stevie got sick… she wasn’t suffering from any illness, she took a massive stroke and stayed with me for another week and died from heart failure in my hands while we sat outside. 🙁

  • Maureen says:

    They are adorable. We have two cats also and they usually knock ornaments around but this year is not much of a problem since our daughter has a puppy that visits a lot so the bottom of the tree was left empty. The cats have more important things to worry about which is if the puppy is arriving every time the front door opens.

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    Bless their little hearts, years and years ago (1969) I came home from work to find the tree laid out on the floor with one of my 3 cats stuck in the top, he was alright but didn’t get in the tree anymore.

  • Shannon says:

    This will be my first Christmas without Julie and the third since Bobbie passed. I just was prepared for kitty fingers bouncing ornaments when they were alive. I just bought plastic or cloth ornaments for the bottom of the tree. My great find in London was a whole bunch of cloth decoratations–London Bridge, Beefeater, and Double Decker Bus.

    My Mom years ago made a cut out nativity scene and painted it. There’s a black cat like like my precious Goo overlooking the cradle. I smile everytime I see that set.

    There’s been no time since I got back from Spokane and Mom to decorate. I am promising myself that this weekend I will get out the boxes.

  • Deb says:

    Christie, the cookies sound really good! Thanks for the recipe.

    We have a Chorkie named Bear. The first Christmas we had him (4 years ago), he left the presents and tree alone….so we all thought. When the tree came and ornaments came down, I removed the tree skirt and, yuck! There were 3 or 4 doggie doo-doos under the skirt. Dang dog. Into the wash went the tree skirt and I sprayed and cleaned the carpet area. The next year, I sprayed boundary mist on the carpet, on the skirt, and in a wide circle around the tree area. It worked, and has since.

    • Deb, don’t you just love when you think they haven’t gotten into something only to find they have? I tried putting orange peel on the bottom of the tree but even that didn’t stop them.

  • may says:

    No pets for me so no such adventures for me. 🙂

    We drove in a snowstorm to go to a relative’s Christmas party before and that was it.

  • Kaelee says:

    Ah yes ~ cats and trees a wonderful mix. Our first cat loved taking the ornaments off the tree but he never broke any. We decorated the bottom two feet of the tree with plastic ornaments. We would wake up to a few here and there as long as the tree was up.
    We did have a cat try to climb the tree which resulted in quite a bit of breakage as the tree fell over.

    • I’m still not sure how Maks has been able to climb up the tree without knocking it over. He’s a big boy. Thankfully, he hasn’t climbed it this year or it would topple from his weight.

  • Susan Sey says:

    The only pet story I have about Christmas is the one where the cat ate tinsel & pooped glitter for about a week. We got a HUGE kick out of that, though the cat wasn’t terribly amused.

    This is why I don’t write children’s books.

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    My cat Mittens climbed the tree one night and got her back legs all tangled in the lights. She was hanging upside down. When I tried to get her loose she pee’ d all over the tree! Another year my cat Prissy knocked the whole tree over. After that we started tying it to a sturdy shelf on the wall to keep it up! Gotta love those kitties!

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Hey Christie! What a fun post….

    I’m SO making those cookies!! :>

  • CateS says:

    We did learn the hard way about having food gifts under the tree!! Dogs have great noses!! LOL…

  • Cassondra Murray says:

    Ohhhh,,Christie those cookies look great!

    Part of the reason we haven’t had a tree for a few year is all the cats. We figured no tree meant lower blood pressure.

    Just sayin.

  • catslady says:

    I learned early on that if I buy a Blue Spruce with very sharp needles, my cats leave the tree alone – really! With our first dog I learned I couldn’t use tinsel. I still put the fragile ornaments up top just in case.

    But I did have one disaster a while back. I had a lot of large gifts that year and around 3 in the morning I had finished wrapping and put them under the tree. They were piled pretty high and apparently that left a path for the cats on top of the presents. I’m not sure how many were involved but I was downstairs cleaning up and heard a huge crash. Yep, down went the tree. What a disaster. Broken ornaments (sob) and it’s amazing how many totally fell off. So fixed it and went downstairs and it happened again!!! I’m not sure it was the cats this time or we just didn’t balance it right. I had to run my large vacuum cleaner to pick up all the shards and can you believe neither of my girls woke up and their bedrooms are just down the hall. After that my husband nailed the stand to a large piece of wood which keeps the tree balanced no matter what.

    • I can’t have real trees because of my allergies so no sharp needles for me. What a disaster to lose so many ornaments and have to clean it up. But I’m not amazed by the girls sleeping through it. I set off my smoke alarm one night around 9pm but boys slept through it. That’s just scary.

  • Oh, Christie, your babies are so cute! AND so big! This will be my first Christmas without my three big cats. I lost all three of them in the space of six months over the summer. They all lived good long lives into their teens, but I still miss them like crazy. My remaining cat, Miss Rebecca Marie, was raised by my Great Dane so Rebecca thinks she’s a dog!

    However, she IS a climber. Therefore the tree is actually a four footer sitting atop the television hutch in my living room. Rebecca is finally at the age and weight where the leap that high is not worth it.

    That position also insures no canine members of the family decide to “water” my tree.

    My biggest problem is with doggie and kitty Christmas stockings hanging on the mantel. Somehow they know those stockings are theirs and at some point they have treats and toys in them. They keep dragging them down and I have to search the house for them. Then on Christmas Day when they are full of said treats no one wants to go near them!

    And every year the first time I turn on the lights on the tree I get a barking frenzy for the first fifteen minutes!

    • Oh Louisa, I’m so sorry you lost three of your babies! I’m glad you still have the one and the dog. My cats were only around a dog for the twelve weeks after their birth. But they still think they’re dogs. They greet me at the door every day and there’s rarely a time they are not in the same room as I am.

  • Becke Turner says:

    Yum orange and chocolate!

    The first year we had our cattle dog, Bandit, he baptized the tree. I guess he thought it was perfectly natural to mark a tree. That was the first and only time he peed in the house.

    I let him know that would not be tolerated and he got it!

  • bn100 says:

    Don’t have pets

  • pearl says:

    Yes, three was an attraction for the two dogs. We always had to fight the appeal for this outdoors look.

  • Kim says:

    Every Christmas it’s all about making sure the dog is safe and doesn’t get near any poinsettias.

  • ellie says:

    The cats love to climb, explore and are enthralled with the tree.

  • diane says:

    Watching the dogs that have minds of their own is always a chore but we try to work out a distraction that will be helpful.

  • Christmas with pets is half the fun! Of course, we decorate the tree with all the unbreakable ornaments on the lower 1/3 of the tree. What’s fun is to standing admiring the tree – when a black paw reaches through a gap to bat at one of the ornaments.

    On year during our poverty days, I decorated the tree with gingerbread men as we didn’t have many ornaments. The house smelled fabulous. The next day we discover just the red ribbon hangers on on the bottom third of the tree. LOL. Never thought of the dog having an early Christmas treat.

  • gamistress66 says:

    I was pretty lucky with my dog, the only danger to tree or presents was a tail wag to wild & close. she always enjoyed her presents, particularly the treats but even the annual ornament she’d get. I’m sure when I wasn’t paying attention she would admire her ornaments on the tree which were down toward the bottom so she could see them 😉

  • Marcy Shuler says:

    Since cats love wrapping paper I found this funny.

  • Laine says:

    Many years ago we put up our first tree decorated with satin balls. Do you know how much satin thread covers one ball? And how far the threads from a dozen balls will go when attacked by 3 cats?

  • flchen1 says:

    We alas, have no live furry pets to celebrate with this Christmas–the kids have loads of “animal friends” though, and might possibly be acquiring another one or several from here:

    At least we don’t have to worry about them becoming entangled in lights or that sort of thing 😉

  • Barbara Elness says:

    For years I either put up a tabletop tree on a table small enough that the cats couldn’t jump up, or didn’t put up a tree at all because I didn’t want to deal with the kitty mayhem. I usually went to my sister’s at Christmas anyway, so didn’t see the need for a tree. Right now I have no pets but I still put up the little tabletop tree because it’s just me and I don’t need a big one. 😀

  • Anita H. says:

    LOL I love the picture of them in the wrapping papers. I couldn’t have pets growing up because my sister was allergic so no pet holiday stories for me!