Christmas Tree

Princess, a seal-point ragdoll cat behind a Christmas tree. Caption reads: "I'm helping decorate the tree."

Christmas Tree by Princess Cat

It’s Advent! That means it’s time to put up the Christmas tree.

The human says it means other things too, but the Christmas tree is the bit I like.

I love the Christmas tree. It’s a tree, but it’s inside the house! And it’s got all these sparkly, shiny things on it. I used to think those things were cat toys. I would pull them off the tree, and run away with them to play.

I’m four now. I’m a big cat. I understand the shiny sparkly things are for looking at, not taking away to play with. I helped the human set up the Christmas tree this time. I was around behind in the corner where it’s hard for a human to fit. I could see if there were enough shiny things back there.

We did such a good job. I looked and looked, and it was so pretty.

I’m just looking at the shiny sparkly things this year, because, as I said, I’m a big cat now, and I know those things aren’t cat toys. … They do look very much like cat toys, and I did have a lot of fun playing with them the other years. … But I’m a big cat and I’m going to be good … and taking just one wouldn’t be a problem, would it?

Princess, a sealpoint ragdoll cat.


Princess is a seal-point ragdoll cat. Her hobbies include naps, waking the human in the middle of the night, tummy tickles, knocking things off shelves, evading grooming, and petty theft (stealing paintbrushes, pincushions, etc.) Her special skills include jingle ball and fluffy mouse chasing. Her key goal in life is to be adored by everyone, but not actually touched unless she specifically requests it. She is never allowed outside, partly to protect wildlife, partly to keep debris out of her hair, and mostly because she is so naïve she wouldn’t survive five minutes outside. Also known as Pretty Kitty and Snuggle Cat.

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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.

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