and other Christian countries, the tabby cat has a legend of its
own. As the Christ child lay in the manger, no animal - not even
the gentle donkey or the faithful shepherd dog - could soothe
Him to sleep. But when a little tabby jumped lightly into the
manger and began to purr a lullaby, the Babe fell asleep at
last. Ever since, all tabbies' foreheads have borne an M in
token for the Madonna's gratitude.
1. Be especially patient with your humans during this time. They may appear to be more stressed out than usual and they will appreciate long comforting dog leans.
2. They may come home with large bags of things they call gifts. Do not assume that all the gifts are yours.
3. Be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you. They seem to get some special kind of pleasure out of seeing how you look with fake antlers.
4. They may bring a large tree into the house and set it up in a prominent place and cover it with lights and decorations. Bizarre as this may seem to you, it is an important ritual for your humans, so there are some things you need to know:
● don't pee on the tree
● don't drink water in the container that holds the tree
● mind your tail when you are near the tree
● if there are packages under the tree, even ones that smell interesting or that have your name on them, don't rip them open
● don't chew on the cord that runs from the funny-looking hole in the wall to the tree
5. Your humans may occasionally invite lots of strangers to come visit during this season. These parties can be lots of fun, but they also call for some discretion on your part:
● not all strangers appreciate kisses and leans
● don't eat off the buffet table
● beg for goodies subtly
● be pleasant, even if unknowing strangers sit on your sofa
● don't drink out of glasses that are left within your reach
6. Likewise, your humans may take you visiting. Here your manners will also be important:
● observe all the rules in #4 for trees that may be in other people's houses. (4a is particularly important)
● respect the territory of other animals that may live in the house
● tolerate children
● turn on your charm big time
7. A big man with a white beard and a very loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night.
Dog tags ring, are you listenin’? In the lane, snow is glistenin’.
It’s yellow, NOT white I’ve been there tonight, Marking up my winter wonderland.
Smell that tree?
That’s my fragrance. It’s a sign for wandering vagrants; “Avoid where I pee, it’s MY pro-perty! Marked up as my winter wonderland.”
In the meadow dad will build a snowman, following the classical design.Then I’ll lift my leg and let it go Man, So all the world will know that it’s mine-mine-mine! Straight from me to the fence post, flows my natural incense boast; “Stay off my TURF, this small piece of earth, I marked it as my winter wonderland.”