My Christmas Tree Trinkets

I’m really rather pleased with my M&S tree – it’s artificial! I’ve never had a fake tree before, but by God is it less hassle! I have no lacerations/burst eyeballs from the needles and I won’t have to spend about three weeks hoovering once Christmas is over! Mr AMR and I are usually so lazy when it comes to getting a tree – we start our hunt about two days before Christmas and end up with some spindly thing that looks as though it has been dead for about a decade. Not so this year! The tree looks lush and green, a prime specimen.

I have got a little carried away with my tree decorations, too – I have hung up about a trillion hand cream samples that I had and a few other little prize trinkets. It has become the ‘Tree of Beauty’! You may wonder why I’m doing all this now when it’s not even December, and I shall just say one word: Kitten. Yes, Ted the kitten arrives on Tuesday and from that day forth, no work shall be done. So I’m filming Christmas Gift Guides and Festive Makeup Guides and all sorts of things so that come Kittenday I can just concentrate on trying to preserve Mr AMR’s bespoke Natuzzi chair and the vintage sofa. (Tips?)

The video below shows a few of the tree trinkets and some nice little beauty Christmas crackers – enjoy! All of the stockist links are posted below the video.

Paul & Joe Ornament £12

AA Little Star, £10

Harajuku Lovers Decor: £11.50:

This Works cracker, £9

Jo Malone Cracker: check your local Jo Malone counter!

l’Occitane Shea Butters, samples inside gift with purchases but you can get 30ml larger sizes here:

 Nail Polish is Ciaté Fit for a Queen

 Tree and decorations all from Marks & Spencer here:

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  1. Jack
    November 27, 2011 / 8:21 am

    A designated scratching post and a spray bottle with water worked for me. Just the mere sight of the water bottle sends him scarpering now and he has never held it against me. Promise!

  2. November 27, 2011 / 3:11 pm

    Lovely Christmas ideas. I’m also putting together a Christmas gift guide and it’s nice to hear other people’s tips x

  3. Sue
    November 27, 2011 / 3:29 pm

    Ok, I don’t want to alarm you, but Ted is going to find the tree, and the curtains, delightfully challenging, and ascend their lofty heights just as soon as it occurs to him. This could take a couple of days, or a couple of weeks, but he WILL get there! So make sure that the tree is sturdily fastened/weighted, or never leave him on his own. Ever. Until he’s about four years old, and considers such shenanigans beneath him. Scratching antiques/collector’s items/prized sofas/chairs must be pre-empted by providing a scratching post which is way more amazing and interesting to Ted than the furniture, so when you think scratching post, huge activity centre is the way to go, I’m afraid. Yes, I know they’re not pretty, but it’s worth it. A big log with craggy bark might be a good idea. Something big enough to jump on and swing from side to side, even as a chunky adult, ‘cos he’ll love this forever! Lots of toys! And a supply of fresh cat mint is a must as he gets (not much) older … he’ll love you long time for this. Grow it on the wall, so he can’t destroy it all at once. And cat grass. He’s an indoor kitty, but he really does need his salads. Striped Miscanthus is really popular with them too, and will grow anywhere, anyhow. Mine loved buttered green pureed brocolli, and loads of other stuff I was eating myself. Folic acid, and iron, probably. Give him a soft blanky to nuzzle, and try to purr for him, any old attempt will make him feel better when he arrives. Lots of body contact when he arrives, as kitty’s thermostat’ll still be a bit crap, and hopefully, he’ll quickly see you as his new mummy, with that. Sleep with him at night too. He wouldn’t be on his own
    for ages yet, naturally. Feed him real meat, as well as love, and sardines in tomato sauce goes down well with most of them. The tomato sauce bit really. No doubt not entirely good because of the sugar, but I suspect it’s the lycopene that they’re really after, as fresh tom pasta sauce will get the paw stealing it too… the outstretched paw that slyly snakes on to your plate when you aren’t looking. Also fresh fish, (in oil if tinned, NOT brine) all meats, etc. His health, like a humans, will be better with fresh food. He may like some raw, but he’s probably going to prefer cooked. He will need some cat food, or added vitamin K with his food, unless he’ll eat raw liver, and hearts etc. And NO vitamin C, ever, as stuff with vitamin C is poison to cats as is chocolate. Ok, I should stop now, before I start slavering for a kitty again! Hope that helps. Obsessed, moi? xxx

    • Ruth
      November 27, 2011 / 9:06 pm

      @Sue thanks SO much!!!!!! I didn’t know about the cat grass! Or the big swingy thing! Oh god, what have I let myself in for? Hahaha….. I’m off to look at big swingy things on Google.
      That sounded dodgy…

  4. Sue
    November 27, 2011 / 3:33 pm

    p.s. Train him to a harness and lead straight away: collars don’t work for cats, so it’s got to be a harness. It’ll make life easier if you can travel with him on a lead xxx

  5. Sue
    November 27, 2011 / 3:40 pm

    p.p.s. There is a spray available that makes cats feel more comfortable, and stops anxiety spraying and marking. Scratching is necessary tho’, so you must provide him with a scratching post! xxx

  6. BunnyLarue
    November 27, 2011 / 4:58 pm

    There is nothing kitties love more than a Christmas tree. Don’t put anything breakable on the bottom. That being said I once had a cat that knocked over an entire tree by trying to climb it. This was a large tree too, we had a vaulted ceiling at the time.

  7. love in a mist
    November 27, 2011 / 9:50 pm

    Haa yes I agree, remove everything of value, we didnt have a Xmas tree the first year thought I’d risk it the second, within an hour it had been pulled over! Luckily cat and tree survived!
    All our furniture has been scratched, kitties like to explore and jump but will use their back claws to grip furniture when the are too small to quite manage it in one go, heaven help you if ted is going to be an indoor cat, Molly was indoors till 8mths until she was neutered, and all our furniture has had to be sanded down and re waxed, she’s two now and outdoors so uninterested in furniture now thank god, but you will need to keep him fully entertained.
    Also never have fresh lilies in the house their pollen Is poisonous to cats.
    Good luck xx

    • Ruth
      November 27, 2011 / 9:57 pm

      @Love in a Mist eeeeeek! I have a scratch post at the ready! x

  8. love in a mist
    November 27, 2011 / 10:10 pm

    Lol! Also I can recommend getting a bottle of urine off cat and kitten formula, available online from pet planet and other places, invaluable for those little accidents, just dowse the area leave for a few minutes and mop up, it really does neutralise the smell of cat pee and male cat spray without a trace.

  9. Sue
    November 27, 2011 / 10:14 pm

    Chiltern seeds sell a cat grass seed mix, online – grow it in a seed tray or wide pot, easy peasy. I think some pet stores sell this growing, but seed’ll be cheaper in the long run. All the cats around, not my neighbours, eat our white and green striped miscanthus sinensis, a common ornamental grass.
    And you’ve let yourself in for years of fun, head butts, bites and scratches, bitten toes, 4-in-the-morning singing and get-up-I-want-my-brekkie threats, but you’ll adore him anyway. And it’ll all be worth it xxx

  10. Sue
    November 27, 2011 / 10:25 pm

    Oh, as Love in a Mist says, lily pollen is REALLY poisonous, so don’t risk it ever! And the miscanthus is as well as kitty grass, they need more than one sort. And be careful about chemicals that you might use around the house and on the floor. They can be toxic to kitties, so be careful about what he’s exposed to xxx

  11. Sue
    November 27, 2011 / 10:28 pm

    I also kept the litter tray in the bathroom, so that it was easy to clean up, and there was no confusion about where it’s ok to poo! xxx

  12. Sue
    November 27, 2011 / 10:44 pm

    p.s. the tree is lovely! xxx

  13. November 28, 2011 / 12:55 pm

    I love the Harajuku fragrance. The G of the original line is one of my faves, it actually reminds me of Marc Jacobs Daisy, but a lot more affordable.

  14. BunnyLarue
    November 28, 2011 / 4:15 pm

    I don’t know if you have these available in the UK, but there is a product called Soft Paws. They are coverings that go over the claws, so Ted can’t do damage when he scratches. They are completely safe. You can either have a groomer put them on or you can yourself.

  15. Gail
    November 28, 2011 / 7:38 pm

    Good luck with the arrival of Ted and Happy Birthday! My beautiful, blue-eyed Birman kitty is 6 months old now. To stop your sofa being wrecked, try putting double-sided sticky tape on the areas where he attempts to scratch. Apparently, if they get their claws stuck once, they won’t repeat (so my sister-in-law, a vet, tells me). Bazia scratch post by Trixie is great as it has a lovely bed too (trust me, I spent ages researching). Vet Essentials dry food is the best healthwise, mixed with Whiskas kitten pouches. Don’t get him used to eating human food. Love cats so much, more than shopping?

  16. Selvi
    November 29, 2011 / 12:29 pm

    Apparently a spray mixture of water & lemon near or on the furniture (or anything else scratch-worthy) works. I myself have 2 cats and I never bothered to find out beforehand about any handy tricks so we have a scratched TV shelf, scratched wooden chairs & scratched sofas. Oh and cats *love* Christmas tree and sparkly things so you might wanna keep Ted away from the exciting lights!

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