First of all - The Tim had to work on Christmas Eve, which was not in and of itself weird, since while he was at the bookstore, that was always the case. However, in past years, he worked until the store closed at 7 p.m., and would usually get home and we would eat dinner by 8 p.m. Not a lot of evening left after that, which was always fine, but not as good as this year by a lot! This year he worked until 3 in the afternoon, and was home by 3:30 - it was like we had the whole day together, and that was THE BEST.
Christmas Eve while we were setting the table, etc. for dinner, Milo the Koodle sat on the chair across from the tree the entire time, and later into the evening. We decided he was either a) hoping to catch Santa visiting, or, b) making sure Santa saw what a good boy he is (ahem).
(He had been nervous all day (and is still recovering) from an event earlier in the day, so this is as much as we saw him. That's a story for another post.)
We were amused at our Surprise Dinner Guest:
Who could it be???
Even though we didn't do as much decorating as usual this year due to one of The Tim's projects, our tree still looks great.
Jack was the first kitty to come downstairs on Christmas morning, and was quite pleased to see that Santa had in fact visited our house!
Stockings and packages were opened, toys were played with, treats were eaten, and general hilarity was the tone of the day.
The Tim put this ribbon/garland/whatever on Pip - when he was busy with something else, it was fine, but when he'd remember he was wearing it, he'd go nuts! We took it off after a few minutes after taking this picture.
A few years ago, a friend sent our cats at that time a catnip-filled Newt Gingrich toy, and they really hated that sucker - they would attack it and tear at it, and it was hilarious. This year, that same friend sent a catnip-stuffed version of our current Eejit in Chief, and he got a LOT of attacks, etc. Which pleased us immensely.
Good boy, Jack. Resist.