Notes from a parish cat and his author Julie Mackenzie

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I am Father Tom Fish, esteemed member of the religious team at Temptation of Christ Parish in the novels by author Julie Mackenzie. As to my background, I was invited into the rectory as a stray, laid on the charm, and was invited to stay, even honorarily ordained and no less spiritual than my sidekick Father Will. He dotes on me to high heaven and forgives all of my street cat proclivities, whatever the hell that means.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays to All Our Friends

Our itty bitty kitty tree

Our front door with garland and birds

A little peppermint bark

Angel kitty cookies

We want to share our Christmas with you and wish you a joyous holiday and blessings now and into the New Year.

Chopin, though shy, would like me to share a "Night Before Christmas" that has him in it.

'Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the house
There was catnip and kibble
And an occasional mouse.

All stockings were hung
By the chimney with care
In hopes that St. (Cat)Nipolas
Soon would be there.

Anastasia in her kerchief
Tinker in his cap
With Chopin, they settled
For a long winter's nap.

When out on the lawn
There arose such a clatter
They sent Chopin
To see what was the matter.

It was a jolly old elf
A merry old soul
Filling stockings with goodies
And saying hello.

With paw to his lips,
Chopin pointed to where
They could hide extra yummies
So he wouldn't have to share.

"Clever lad," the gent said
As he flew out of sight,
Merry Christmas to all
And to all a good night.

Mom Julie, Chopin, Tinker, Anastasia and Angel Tom xx


Mariodacat said...

What a great Christmas story. You made my day by posting this. Merry Christmas friends.


What a lovely celebration of Christmas. We are wishing you peace and the joys of Season.

Glædelig jul og godt nytår
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Fuzzy Tales said...

We love your version, well done!

We wish YOU a wonderful Christmas, though we expect it will be a bit bittersweet. Still, may it bring many moments of Joy and of Peace.

Universal Blessings.

Nicki, Derry and Kim too

Clooney said...

Absolutely love Chopin's rendition! Wishing you Mom Julie, Angel Tom (we miss you so), Tinker, Anastasia and Chopin a beautiful holiday season, a very Merry Christmas and a Meowy Catmas! We adore you all and wish you a 2014 filled with many, many blessings including health, joy and prosperity!

Love from Clooney Claus, Tiri (kisses to Angel Tom) and Karyn

Tamago said...

We love your Night Before Christmas.
Wishing you all a very happy Christmas!!

The Furries of Whisppy said...

Merry Christmas, Angel Tom, Tinker, Anastasia, Chopin and Mom Julie!

Sparkle said...

Have a magical Christmas!

Mary said...

This is wonderful Julie! Merry Christmas to you all too! Love your kitty tree! Hugs!

Quill and Greyson said...

Merry Christmas to you all!!

Saku said...

Merry Christmas to all!

Sasha, Sami, & Saku (& Mom Eileen)

Cats Herd You said...

Chopin, that's the best version of that story we've read yet. You're a clever boy. We hope that you and your whole family have a Christmas full of joy and togetherness.

Quinn and Angel brandi said...

Merry Christmas--and you ARE quite clever, Chopin!

Brian's Home Blog said...

That was super terrific! Merry Christmas to all of you from all of us!

meowmeowmans said...

So lovely! We love YOUR version of The Night Before Christmas" ver much, Chopin. :)

Merry Christmas to you all, dear friends. Sending you much love, and wishes for a holiday season filled with peace and joy.

Katnip Lounge said...

Meowy Catmas!

We love rewrites...

Eat (ham) drink (cream) and Sniff Nip!!

Love, The Katnip Lounge Kats and Mommy Trish

Unknown said...

So furry bitter sweet! Wes loves yous all and Merry Christmas to
Yous and Yours from Us and Ours
Nellie, Kozmo, Jo-Jo, the Hairy Slobbery Sisters Bob and Cinnamon and Mommy and Daddy

Cathy Keisha said...

Love that rendition! I wish you peace and I hope the magic of the season makes all your dreams come true. Merry Christmas from my condo to your house.

Avalon's Garden and Mewsings of Garden Cottage Cats said...


^.,^ x6 + da mom


pee ess we LUVED your story! ^.,^

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

Love the poem! Merry Christmas to you all!

cats of wildcat woods said...

Wishing you the best Meowy Chrissymouse ever!

Jans Funny Farm said...

Merry Christmas! We love Chopin's poem.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you.

Ivan from WMD said...

Merry Catmas to you all! You are clearly very behaved to have so many lovely decorations!

The Island Cats said...

We hope you're all having a very Merry CATmas!

Texas, a Cat in... Austin said...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season to all of you!

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

Hoping you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Mickey's Musings said...

We purr your Christmas was happy and fun!
We loved your version of the poem and you too Chopin :)
Purrs Georgia and Julie,
Treasure,Tiger and JJ
and Angel Tillie

Connie - Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas

Shaggy and Scout said...

Merry Christmas and here's to many blessings of the New Year!

Unknown said...

We love the new rendition! We wish you all a very happy new year!

Gigi said...

We are sorry to be late in wishing you all a warm and cozy Christmas (I was abandoned for weeks and weeks and--oh, all right then: 2 days). We also wish you a wonderful 2014, filled with happy days and lots of love. XOXOXO

Oui Oui said...

Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year to you all! It was really too bad the weather was so bad that day, but you were such a good sport, trying to make it anyway. We'll have to definitely try again when winter is over!

(And worse, we don't get bad weather until Jan/ Feb usually - just bad timing!)

Katie Isabella said...

I wish you a Happy new Year every single day of the year. And Angel Tom...have you gone into Admiral's Fish 'n Chips shoppe there on the Bridge yet? xxooxx

Mickey's Musings said...

We purr that 2014 will be a good year for all of you :)
Purrs Georgia and Julie,
and Angels Tiger and Tillie

Thank you for your kind thoughts and purrs
when our Tiger crossed the Bridge.
She was a sweet kitty .

Avalon's Garden and Mewsings of Garden Cottage Cats said...

Mieow all you Sweet kittiez!
Da mom iz pitifully Sad right now, but wanted us to stop by and say "Thank You" fur viziting and de kind & comfurting wurdz!^.,^ and she iz sending Luv & {{hugz}} to All!

♥♥♥xoxox♥♥♥ ^.,^ x5

pee ess...... STAY WARM!!!

Connie - Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

It sure has been a long time since you've posted..