Our first Christmas with Kiko aka LulaBelle, we attempted to put up our tree. She, being the curious cat that she is, took great interest in the tree, specifically the things hanging on it. We tried all sorts of tricks to keep her away from it: double-sided tape, citrus sprays, etc. Nothing stopped her from attacking the tree. Knowing that my ornaments didn’t stand a chance of staying on the tree or in one piece, we took the tree down after a few days.
Last year we had another kitten in the house, so we didn’t even bring the Christmas tree down from the attic. I was bound and determined to enjoy at least some of my ornaments and came up with a clever way of displaying them that was kitty-proof. I bought wide mouth half-gallon and quart mason jars, filled them with ornaments, and closed them with lids and bands. The result was precious. The cats checked the jars out, but they quickly became disinterested in them. When Christmas was over, I stored the jars with the ornaments still in them. Christmas decorations don’t get much easier than that!
I found my mason jars at a craft store. If you have a difficult time locating them, check out the Ball Fresh Preserving Store. They have every size imaginable. For the ornaments, choose colors and patterns that match your Christmas decor. These jars look great on a mantle. They would also make for fabulous centerpieces for a Christmas party.
This year we’re hoping to give the Christmas tree another go. Keep your fingers crossed that it works this time! If not, I’ll always have these ornament-filled mason jars for me to enjoy and Kiko to sniff…