Hello, my name is Chloe and I live in the big city. I am fortunate to have a mom and dad that love each other and I have two brothers named Jayden and Noah. I also have an older sister named Samantha. My dad is a partner at an important law firm and my mom works as an interior decorator. We stay in a huge condo near the downtown area of the city and we have almost everything we need in life, which is also another blessing.
The Christmas season began a few days ago and I’m glad that it started. I love Christmas time because it’s my favorite time of the year. Even in the big city the Christmas spirit is alive. My family does things during the holidays like many other families. We decorate the home with pretty lights, we make Christmas cards, we go ice skating and we even have snowball fights. Yesterday was Black Friday and we went shopping and brought up a bunch of gifts. I got things, my brothers got frames for their photos and my sister got a Sole F85 treadmill. Today is Saturday and we’re about to put up our Christmas tree as soon as dad gets back home from work. Dad has to sometimes work early on Saturday mornings and this one of those times. It’s okay though, he usually gets home about noon or one o’clock and we can begin when he arrives.
My family and I began to gather Christmas decorations from our storage room. We have a large 10′ artificial tree. My parents hate pine needles and I do too. I remember one Christmas when I was really young and I got pine needles stuck all in my feet from chasing my cat Mia around a pine needle tree. Oh, I almost forgot to introduce Mia! She is the family pet and she’s a Persian cat that has been around for 4 years. My brothers really don’t like Mia and they would have preferred a dog. As a matter of fact they would always try to do strange things to Mia, such as placing super glue in her cat food so her mouth would stay shut or capturing stray dogs and using them to chase Mia away from the house.
The thing about Mia, is that she’s just too smart for those two bonehead brothers of mine. Samantha use to play with Mia a lot more when she first arrived but as she’s sixteen now and doesn’t even notice her as much. Mom and dad say Mia is a good pet to have around because she’s an easy maintenance. They claim that all four of us are more than enough for them to handle.
Anyhow, Mia has been leaving the home a lot since September of this year. I do not know where she goes but she would disappear for a few days at a time. When I as younger and I came home from school she would always be there and I couldn’t wait to see her. Now it’s like she’s doing her own thing and it’s been driving me crazy. I mean she’s a pet and she’s suppose to be around for me when I need her.
Well, dad had finally made it home it was time to put up the tree. We pulled out the digital camera and our tablet computers to take pictures and to make home videos. Mom made the best Christmas cookies and we started to put up the tree. While we were laughing and dancing to the Christmas music that was playing in the background, Mia came into the room to join in the fun. She appeared to be happy just like the rest of us and she started to show it. She rolled around on the ground and purred excitedly and stretched out one of her paws making playful swiping motions.
Jayden and Noah began to complain about the cat and Noah started to chase her around the room until dad made him stop. Mom while smoking her told the boys that Mia was a part of the family and that she could stay to join in the celebration. I took Mia and had her help me to place Christmas bulbs and candy canes onto the tree. She stayed next and she assisted me by pushing the bulbs in my direction, though she wasn’t that good at it. It took us all afternoon to put up and decorate the tree but it was finally done about 6 o’clock. Once we were done with the decorations it was time to place the star on top. Every year a child gets to do this and this year it was my turn again. As dad stepped on the stool to lift me up to the top of the tree, Mia jumped frantically into the air and landed on his back. She dug her claws into dad and her actions caught him off guard. He dropped me out of his hands before smashing into the tree.
Now lucky for me, my mother had me to take boring ballerina lessons and I was able to land on my feet. But poor old dad he went crashing into part of the tree before he hit the ground beneath. Now he didn’t knock the tree over but he did knock some of the decorations off of it. Once he hit the ground he began to laugh. My thought he was crazy because she just knew he was hurt but he wasn’t. I think the nice soft carpet we have in the living room helped to cushion his fall. Jayden and Noah started to hurl insults at the cat and I told them to stop. I went over to Mia and told her she was a bad cat for hurting my dad and laughing at the whole thing. My sister Samantha had instinctively went over to the tablet that was recoding the event and she played it back. She started to laugh too.
She brought the tablet over to the rest of the family and had them look on the screen. The scene was recorded and I have to admit it was rather hilarious. The expression that dad had on his face as Mia jumped on his back was funny. The way he dropped me and I landed on my feet was fantastic and how dad crashed into the tree before hitting the ground was something that could only be done in a comedy movie.
I’m glad that dad didn’t get mad and decide to get rid of her. Though none of us could figure out why Mia jumped on dad’s back, she ended up creating a holiday memory that we would never forget. We’ll Christmas finally came around and Mia was still leaving a lot as usual, When I went to sleep on Christmas Eve she wasn’t there, even our ir camera could not find her but when I woke up with my family and we all ran downstairs to open gifts, Mia was under the tree with four little kittens. We were all surprised and shocked because none us knew what was going on on. My parents told me that some things in this life can’t be explained and we should just enjoy good things when we’re lucky enough to have them. I took their advice and had a wonderful Christmas with Mia and her new family.
Another Story About a Cat and the Christmas Tree
written by: ConnieVetTech
It was a dark, but luminous night when Bell was first introduced to Christmas. The night was peaceful, and as everyone lay in bed, Bell stood wide awake wondering about St. Nicholas. It would be Bell’s first Christmas, and he grew inpatient as the night slowly approached. It was cold, but the decorative lights that surrounded the neighborhood gave Bell a warm sensation. Perhaps it was a feeling of mystery, or a sense of overwhelming joy of waiting for St. Nicholas. Being a young and active cat Bell’s curiosity and imagination began to take over.
Despite everything being so perfect, Bell began to ponder a few things. After looking at the Christmas tree for a few minutes, he began to wonder if it would be big enough for the presents to fit under. Then, as time passed, Bell also started to doubt if the tree was decorated enough. Bell even started to wonder if the lights on the Christmas tree were bright enough for St. Nicholas to see. Bell grew more worried as time passed, and he thought to himself; “something must be done, otherwise St. Nicholas will be disappointed.” Bell was told about the wonders of getting presents on Christmas day from St. Nicholas and he was eager for the time to come. The young cat decided to take the issues in his own hands to assure that St. Nicholas would be content with the Christmas tree and arrive with presents.
First, Bell thought of different ways to make the tree bigger for the presents to fit under. He finally came to the conclusion that placing books under the tree was the best way to make it taller. The only books in sight were in a very tall book shelf, but Bell was determined to fix the issue so he began to climb. To Bell’s misfortune, the shelf began to wobble and he was forced to let go. Luckily, he landed in his soft, fluffy bed that was just below the book shelf. The book shelf trembled and Bell watched as it slowly settled. Bell felt great disappointment as he knew that climbing the book shelf again up to the book would be far too dangerous, and waking up his family would get him in big trouble! He also knew that he was fortunate to not have been hurt.
Bell gave up the idea of making the tree taller, but he still had the drive necessary to improve the tree’s decoration. The Christmas tree proudly held various crystal spheres and other hanging decorations. For Bell, it was not sufficient to impress St. Nicholas. Colorful and shiny garland was sure to do the job! Bell retrieved Christmas garland from the attic and swiftly ran downstairs to get started. He began from the bottom and worked his way up; at this point he needed to get back down and didn’t know how to without ruining the decorations. Bell suddenly slipped and fell to the ground taking a few crystal spheres with him. He was startled by the loud crash! Once more, Bell was saddened to see his failure. He successfully placed the garland around the tree, but breaking many spheres caused the tree to become dull. The tree was not bright enough to begin with, and now it was even worse!
After so much disappointment, Bell decided that he wouldn’t lose anything with trying once more. This time, he decided to make the Christmas tree brighter. Bell wanted to make sure that St. Nicholas would be able to spot their Christmas tree. Now more than ever, Bell was convinced that he needed to fix the tree, otherwise it would be too late and his first Christmas would be ruined. He found a large box filled with a bunch of Christmas lights. The lights came in so many colors and different sizes. Bell decided that they were all perfect for the Christmas tree. He neatly placed the Christmas lights on the tree; this time being careful not to slip and fall. Bell was finished at last! The only thing left to do was turn the Christmas lights on. The lights shone bright, until…Bell heard a strange noise and the lights started to flicker. All of a sudden, every single light in the neighborhood turned off.
Bell sat in complete darkness and was very unhappy. He was only trying to make his first Christmas the best, and ended up ruining everyone’s Christmas. No one knew why their lights were not working, but Bell was filled with guilt. It was a few minutes until midnight, and he had failed to make the tree taller, nicer, and brighter. With all the disappointment Bell felt inside, he began to cry. He thought that now there was no way St. Nicholas would visit his home, or even his neighborhood. Bell felt terrible that his friends and family would not enjoy Christmas, and that he would not be able to experience the holiday. Bell remained quiet and could only think of what he had done. At one point, Bell decided to leave because he was so ashamed.
As Bell started to walk towards the door, he heard thumps and jingles. A bit frightened, Bell ran under the center table and hid. He watched as a dark figure approached the door. When the door opened, Bell realized it was St. Nicholas! No one could mistake St. Nicholas’ jolly appearance and joyful personality. Although Bell was overjoyed that St. Nicholas did in fact arrive, he was too shameful to come out. Bell watched St. Nicholas’ expression and waited for him to be disappointed when he saw the mess he had made. St. Nicholas’ grin only became wider as he saw the absurd scene. He then spotted Bell and noticed that he had been weeping. St. Nicholas asked Bell why he was so upset, and Bell explained everything.
St. Nicholas burst into laughter! Bell was confused, but was no longer upset. St. Nicholas explained to Bell that Christmas was not about decoration but that it was about being happy. He told Bell that the reason why he loves giving presents is to see happiness spread around the world. That Christmas, Bell received the best gift of all, and learned a valuable lesson. He learned that the magic of the holiday was to be content and share the happiness with loved ones.