Cory T Cat and I adopted each other in 2013 when I moved to Buffalo. Our first Christmas, I put a small tree on a table in front of my 12-foot NY loft windows, which Cory T Cat took over for his own. I included olive tree wooden ornaments with the 12 stations of Christmas that I picked up in Bethlehem. Cory loved them.
However, something curious occurred. Cory became obsessed with 2 ornaments on the tree – The Holy Family and Baby Jesus. No matter how many times I put the ornaments back on the tree, Cory T Cat would knock them off, sniff them well, roll all over them, and then lay on them or otherwise keep them close.
The same thing happened in 2014. In 2015, I moved to Hawaii so my boxes were on a cargo ship during the holidays. Today, I pulled out the wooden ornaments again. Just for kicks, I put the Holy Family and the Baby on the back of the tree this year. Then I tucked the tree in by a window. Once Cory T Cat awoke from his nap, he went directly to the tree, used his head to push it out until he could get behind it, then he pulled The Holy Family off the tree. Then he began his tradition – sniffing the ornament, rolling all over on it and tucking it safely under him for safe keeping. He is now enjoying sleeping with it tucked safely by him.