There could only be one choice for the final door of the advent calendar — Jesus!

This is Jesus’s tenth Christmas, but he is still as sprightly and daft as when he first moved in with us. For the first few years of his life, we lived in several different places, and he accepted each move, each unfamiliar home, with quiet equanimity. When we finally settled in our upper-storey locale five years ago, he devised a particularly cunning method of entering and exiting — leaping out of or into the bathroom window by means of the adjacent plum tree. This tree is his favourite place to be at all times of the year. It is his refuge from the annoyances of neighborhood cats and squirrels, the predations of the occasional fox, or me and my camera. You will note that his default expression is one of slight confusion — just one of the many characteristics that makes him a particularly endearing feline companion. He looks forward to the festive season as it means a break from his usual Spartan diet of spacefood — if he’s good, he might even get some guinea fowl tomorrow.

Well, Jesus’s birthday is now upon us and, wherever you are in the world and whatever you are doing, he, Tom, and I wish all of you the very best for the festive season and new year!

24 thoughts on “twenty four

  1. I’m thrilled to find Jesus lurking behind the final door! Hope you all have a very happy Christmas and that Jesus enjoys his guinea fowl ^_^


  2. I really enjoyed your advent calendar, as I do your usual blog. Jesus is a particularly nice looking cat- a sentence I did not foresee ever writing.
    I wish you a very happy holiday season and I am most excited for you upcoming pattern for that green cardigan you made. I am planning on knitting that soon as possible!
    Thank you!


  3. Bonjour,
    Beautiful “hommage” to the cat! Mine is special too. I think we live with the animal who is good for us, like a “âme soeur”. Your calender was very interessing.
    Joyeux Noël!


  4. Merry Christmas to you all! I so much enjoy your blog, and your patterns (halfway through Lyttelton at the moment, as a present for my flatmate).

    With reference to An Cuilithionn, I thought you’d appreciate this – there was a tiny boy being pushed around Blackwell this afternoon, and his name turned out to be Sorley! It’s the Anglicised spelling rather than the Gaelic, but he had been named for the poet :)


  5. I have been loving the advent calendar – a lovely choice for its last post, which made me chuckle. Have a very merry Christmas, and enjoy the guinea fowl!


  6. Jesus is amazing! I remember his lurking tendencies from when I stayed with you and he surveyed me cautiously from his plum tree; I was ever hopeful that he might assail me at some point, but he remained elusive and mysterious.

    I love that photo of you and Jesus; it’s really beautiful. Happy Christmas to you all xxx


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