Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday Musing - A Christmas Reminder

 
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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.

 

 

 

11 comments:

  1. I also have a guard cat! She has so far tried to pull the little tree off the table in the livingroom, but I caught her in the act. We have a large, live tree on the porch this year, as we have had problems with ornaments being moved, etc. She sits on the back of the sofa and looks out at this tree as if she is planning her way to get to it. You are absolutely right about the reason for the season.

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    1. Good thing you caught her before she pulled it off! She probably is making plans, LOL!! We must make sure that your cat and Atticus never meet! They might share ideas! Thanks Linda and thanks for visiting!!!

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  2. Atticus is just the perfect kind of pet- feigns indifference if anything gone missing involves him. LOL You are right- Christmas will come no matter our actions or attitudes. Blessings and have a great Monday- xo Diana

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    1. That is because 99 times out of 100 he really is the guilty party! LOL!! Thank you Diana and thanks for visiting!!!

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  3. we no longer have trees, it was not the ornaments, they all took turns crawling into the belly of the trees-we hang lights on small outdoor tree, the decorations have changed with additional cat, each one does something crazier than the last, high all things must be high and it took me 5 cats and decades to learn to think like Atticus certainly lessens my self imposed holiday stress.

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    1. We do impose a lot of stress on ourselves at this time of year sadly. Glad that you have found a way to make yours less stressful. Thanks Lynn and thanks for visiting!!!

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  4. Maybe Atticus has his own little tree somewhere to decorate. I've never had a cat - but this year we haven't put up a tree because we have a 2 year old grandson who seems to get into everything. Trees and ornaments have fared much better with the other three kids.
    I love your reminder of the smells and decorations of the first Christmas and the waiting manger. "Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of Heav’n to earth come down." Charles Wesley

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    1. That is a thought Nonnie! He is collecting ornaments for his own tree! LOL! You may lack a tree, but your hme will be filled with the joy that this precious 2 year old will bring to it!

      Love that hymn Nonnie, it is beautiful! I thought about the smells as I was writing that piece, very different than what we see and smell isn't it? Yet it was perfect.

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  5. Atticus teaches a good lesson! He's smart AND looks adorable :)
    Susan

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    1. Thank you Susan! He just might be pretty smart to know the truth about Christmas! Thanks for visiting!!!

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