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O Christmas Tree
When trees suddenly appear inside your house. they usually have very odd fruits and flowers growing on them. There are mysterious plants you almost never see in the wild, and it is your job to investigate and identify them. Fortunately, this is not an arduous assignment, as these trees are covered with bright, shiny, crinkly, or crackly, bouncy, and riveting objects of pure cat joy.
The trees themselves are eusually a climbing cchallenge, for people seem to think thicker is better when it comes to indoor foliage. Also, the roots have been amputated so the tree cannot maintain it's usual balnce for your liberal exploration. In other words, if you weigh more than eight punds, you will knock the tree over. For some, this part of the challenge.
One cat I know uses the blanket-covered base as a festive Johnny-on-the-spot. He thinks he's outdoors, apparently. This cat shall remain nameless.
Christmas trees have a short life span, so do your work quickly. Avoid biting on the camouflaged electrical wires. If you can't scale the tree at all, then at least kill the low-hanging fruit along the botom. You can usually then pull down the tree to get at the rest.
Copyright ) 1999 by Jane O'Boyle