This is the reason that we debated about the tree the whole month of December. I fell in love with this tree the first time I saw it at Walmart. I remember white Christmas trees of my youth, but I’ve never had one of my own. Then the gorgeous new LED lights just really made the tree pop. Everyone called it the disco tree.
For the first couple of weeks, we didn’t have any ornaments on it. It looked good even without them. And several people would tell me that they loved to drive by in the evening and see the disco tree standing in the window, inviting them in for a party.
But, against my better judgment, I decided to put some ornaments on after all. I found some pretty birds and bells (I didn’t even bring any of the previous years’ ornaments in, I didn’t feel like digging through all those boxes) that I really liked. Little did I know that the Naughty Boys liked them, too.
Every morning and evening we had to straighten the tree, from where Chowder would climb into it. We had it anchored to the window frame, and I kept a bottle of cat repellent handy, just waiting to catch him in the tree. But, still, in my mind (go figure!) it made sense to try ornaments.
Well, chowder didn’t stop climbing up into his nap spot. However, the addition of the ornaments gave Mojo some fun. The movement of the tree would shake them, sending them plummeting to the carpet, to their doom. Mojo would then bat and chase them around the house, knocking them into the walls and furniture, breaking more than a couple.
It quickly became clear that in order to save the poor things from total annihilation, we must remove them. So, we had a naked disco tree once again. But, no worries, it sure was pretty.
I can only hope that these Naughty Boys will be grown up enough to leave the poor tree alone next Christmas. Le sigh…