Ahh memories! Hopefully this will give at least one person a good grin... I still laugh when I remember that day!
The first Christmas AC (after cats!) is one I will always remember and now that some time has passed and scratches have healed.. will cherish too!
I pulled the tree out of the box, and removed a branch from a cat's mouth.
I attempted to set it into the tree stand and stopped numerous times to nudge away a cat who was still trying to taste it.
I got it standing up in the tree stand and stood back to admire it... just before watching it topple over with a cat on it.
I removed the cat, tried unsuccessfully to communicate to her that the tree was a nice tree, undeserving of attack.
I fluffed out the branches realizing that I was merely providing them with more secure footing.
Suddenly the tree toppled over onto me along with a cat, more determined than ever to kill this foreign invader.
Time for weaponry.. I grabbed my water bottle (vet approved!) to squirt their fannies when sharp words are being ignored.
I refluffed branches, keeping my weapon close and squirting them as needed.
I got out the garland, returned to find both cats on top of the now horizontal (again) tree, contentedly snapping their tails, secure in the knowledge that they had conquered this tree thing.
I grabbed my camera and took numerous pictures of what I sensed would be my last large Christmas tree for a while.
I removed the cats and loaded it back in the box.
I went to a home improvement/big box store and bought some wreathes and wreath holders that go over the door, and some miniature trees. I hung the wreaths on the inside of the door (real cedar for that fresh cedar aroma) and put a few small ornaments on them. I then put the miniature trees on bookcases.
We still have those "trees" as part of our holiday traditions as we love our fur babies more than plastic or wood. :)
Merry Christmas everyone :)