It is that time of year again, time to get those Christmas decorations out and get the tree decorated. This means that Atticus must be warned repeatedly about the tree, the 4 missing ornaments have not been located. Atticus would not tell me what happened to the ornaments if he did have the ability to talk. He would chuckle and walk away. That mystery remains unsolved in spite of the fact that every stick of furniture in this house has been moved searching for the decorations.
The tree is now decorated with shatterproof ornaments. We chose to use that type just in case this mischievous feline gets the notion to climb the tree for a repeat performance of his antics. It hasn’t happened again, but it could, better safe than sorry.
Atticus prefers to sit under the tree now, as if he is guarding it from attacks by a vicious predator. He is saving the tree and its ornaments from destruction. SuperCat is on the job! This should make me feel better about the situation, but it doesn’t. History speaks loud and clear.
This makes me wonder if Atticus is smarter than I give him credit. What does Atticus know about Christmas? Does Atticus realize that this season is more than gifts, decorations and celebrations? Does he realize that this season would occur without all of these things? Perhaps Atticus is somewhat of a reformed Grinch, I would believe that if he returned the 4 missing ornaments.
My chronically misbehaving feline reminds me that sometimes my focus is on the wrong thing. He reminds me that some of the things that we do, aren’t important. Christmas will happen regardless of my circumstances. Despite the pressure we place on ourselves this time of year, the loss we have experienced and the decorations and gifts that we feel obligated to purchase, there is more to Christmas. It is easy to allow myself to get caught up in these things, but Atticus reminds me to look for Christmas in a different place.
Christmas began in a place that lacked fancy decorations and smells. The greatest gift given to man occurred in a place that most of us would avoid. It was decorated with animals, the smell wasn’t cinnamon and there was a manger waiting to receive the gift. Christmas began there. This holy gift is the reason we celebrate. This is the gift that came without shiny wrappings yet lasts for eternity.