by Janet Blue on December 8, 2015

This post was originally entitled “Christmas: Day 7,” and was published on December 21, 2012. It got exactly ZERO comments. It features cat #3, our long-haired tuxie, Daphne and an additional two paragraphs at the end. I apologize for the poor quality of the photos. They were taken before the days of digital photography and scanned.


Daphne feigns disinterest.


Daphne was another kitty crazy for Christmas. In her early years, I hung apple ornaments from the garland wound around the bannister. She could spend hours batting at and removing the apples so she could play with them on the hardwood floors. For a few years I would continually replace the apples after she removed them. And each year I would buy new apples as they inevitably cracked and lost their paint when they hit the floor. Eventually I gave up and threw them away as the whole process became exceedingly tedious.


Daphne caught in the act.


It has been at least two decades since I’ve hung apples from the garland, but every year as I am decorating the stairs, Tom asks me if I am going to attach the apples. I know he does this to tease me, but I also know he enjoyed the game between human and cat and would love to watch a whole new caboodle of cats doing just as Daphne once did.


Daphne waiting for her fan mail.


Daphne also enjoyed waiting for her holiday fan mail. She would take up residence in our Christmas mailbox, created by Tom’s sister, Bonnie, and wait to be swamped by her greetings of love and adoration. Of course, she wasn’t opposed to the fact that her nest was atop a nice warm radiator.


Daphne begins unwrapping gifts early while Steamer watches.


We only had five cats when Daphne was a youngster, and we were still erecting the tree in the foyer. I also managed to wrap gifts prior to Christmas Eve giving kitties access to lots of ribbons and bows. In the photo above, Daphne begins unwrapping gifts early while Cat #2, Steamer, watches.

The current passel of pusses are so deprived. It’s a good thing they don’t have any idea of what went on in the early days at The House of Blue Cats!


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Kitty Cat Chronicles December 10, 2015 at 7:29 am

Those apples look like fun! No wonder Daphne batted them off!! Caster is our mischievous Christmas kitty… but then again, Caster is always mischievous no matter the season. We promise we won’t tell all the Kitties Blue about what used to go on here… 😉
Sampy sends a kiss to Astrid for every apple in the world, and we all send love and hugs!!!


Vera December 9, 2015 at 7:04 pm

Aww – delightful post!


Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles December 9, 2015 at 2:01 am

Christmas time is just so much fun fur kitties, MOL! We think it was ‘invented’ fur us:))


meowmeowmans December 8, 2015 at 11:41 pm

What wonderful memories of Daphne! Thank you for sharing her with all of us.
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Ellen Pilch December 8, 2015 at 9:44 pm

Daphne was adorable. I think you need some apples 🙂
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Raven December 8, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Daphne was a cute kitten. I also have lots of printed photos that bring back great memories….of younger kitties and a younger me. I think you should hang apple ornaments again and see what happens!
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The Island Cats December 8, 2015 at 7:34 pm

Those are some sweet memories of Daphne. She looked like she really enjoyed Christmas. 🙂
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Katie Isabella December 8, 2015 at 7:11 pm

Precious memories. My Robin loved the apple ornaments too. They were just for her. You baby looked like my Kate Isabella quite a bit.


Flynn December 8, 2015 at 5:45 pm

Such lovely memories of beautiful Daphne.


Emma and Buster December 8, 2015 at 4:01 pm

Lovely memories.
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The Swiss Cats December 8, 2015 at 3:30 pm

What sweet memories ! Purrs
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Hemingway and Shakespeare December 8, 2015 at 3:20 pm

Mom won’t put up a tree for us either. she does have a small one in the bay window and we do enjoy that. However, she said she has too many special ornaments and she knows they would go rolling all over the house. What is it with humans not wanting us to play????
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Marg December 8, 2015 at 2:26 pm

Daphne sure had a good time. Glad you kept putting the apples up for her. She really enjoyed the Christmas time. Hope all the kitties have a good Christmas this year.
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Bernadette December 8, 2015 at 12:55 pm

What wonderful markings! She had to be a kitty who got into everything!
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Annabelle December 8, 2015 at 12:51 pm

What lovely lovely memories.
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Lola The Rescued Cat December 8, 2015 at 10:41 am

Daphne was such a beauty! Your kitties sure were lucky to have such fun during the holidays.
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Brian Frum December 8, 2015 at 9:52 am

She sure looked like she was having some serious jolly fun!
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Sammy December 8, 2015 at 8:31 am

What sweet photos……..I promise not to tell the current batch of KB kitties what “those who came before” got into when it came to “de-decorating” under the tree!!!!

Hugs, Sammy
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Sometimes Cats Herd You December 8, 2015 at 6:00 am

What a pretty girl, and it looks like she knew how to party with the Christmas tree, too.
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Sue December 8, 2015 at 3:35 am

She was a beauty!
My three don’t know about ornaments or Christmas trees. I gave up decoration for Christmas because
1. I didn’t want to get mad at my cats for doing what seems like so much fun.
2. My husband and I only have fur kids and he wouldn’t help with either putting up or taking down the decorations!
3. CThe last time I did decorate, I only had glass ornaments, and while my Angel Mica loved knocking them down, I hated cleaning up the shards of glass in the middle of the night so she wouldn’t get cut.


Hannah and Lucy December 8, 2015 at 3:15 am

What a wonderful sight looking under the Christmas tree at all the presents just waiting to be unwrapped.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx


Summer December 8, 2015 at 2:08 am

Wow, it sounds like you guys put on an awesome kitty Christmas back in the day.
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prancer pie December 8, 2015 at 12:26 am

That is so pretty and look like loads of fun! Daphne must have had lots of good times with those apples.
Daphne was a gorgeous ladycat, too.
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