It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at our house.
That means I’m cleaning up tinsel the cat has eaten and yakked up on the floor.
I hate tinsel.
My wife loves tinsel.
We have tinsel.
I’m not sure what the attraction of tinsel is for my wife and the cat.
I understand it’s shiny, but other than that, I don’t get it.
I don’t think our tree looks any better because it has tinsel. I bet if we left the tinsel off, the tree would still look great, but I’m not the one making that decision. My wife and cat are.
The tinsel always ends up on the floor. I pick it up off the floor every day.
I pick it up, throw it back on the tree, and a few minutes later there’s more tinsel on the floor — maybe even the same strand I picked up and threw on the tree minutes before.
I think what I should do is pick up the tinsel that falls on the floor and throw it away. By the time Christmas comes, there won’t be any tinsel left on the tree.
Not sure when my aversion to tinsel started — maybe when I started having to pick it up all the time or when the cat started eating it and throwing it up.
Growing up, we had tinsel on our tree, and we had a cat, but I don’t remember puked-up tinsel being part of my Christmas. If the cat did spit it up, my mom must have cleaned it up.
What would make a cat want to eat tinsel?
We have a live tree. It could chew on the branches, bat an ornament off the tree and chase it around the house. It could try and climb the tree.
The cat does none of these things. She likes to lie under the tree like a present, but she never really bothers the tree except for the tinsel.
The dogs don’t eat tinsel. They don’t really bother the tree at all. They sniffed around it when we brought it home, but that’s about it.
One of the dogs, Ollie, did try and eat the fake snow around another Christmas scene. My wife caught him, and he looked like he had a white beard. After a scolding, he has not bothered it again.
Pets and decorations are always fun.
My daughter and son-in-law’s basset hound walks by their tree and bops the two bottom ornaments every time.
He thinks he’s cool.
I’ve never had a pet jump into or try and climb a Christmas tree, but I did have my niece’s son jump into my tree once. That was unusual.
Yes, Christmas has arrived at our home. Just watch where you step.
Patrick Murphy, editor-publisher of the Humphrey Democrat and Newman Grove Reporter in Nebraska, is a former assistant managing editor of The Telegram.