Friday, December 22, 2006

Deck the halls with boughs of catnip - Versier de zalen met takken van kattenkruid

Today we helped our "mom" decorate the house for Christmas. Vandaag hielpen wij "mom" het huis te verfraaien voor de Kerst.

"Decisions, Decisions!" ©2006. Judith Nijholt-Strong

Finn spent most of the day posing like a cat drawn by the great Swiss-born, French graphic artist, T. A. Steinlen. Doesn't Finn look just like the famous "Chat Noir" poster or the other Steinlen cats !? __I think so...

©2006. Judith Nijholt-Strong

Finally, after much deliberation, Finn chose a bright red ornament.

©2006. Judith Nijholt-Strong

I also chose some pretty baubles to hang around the house ... but, oops! ... I was caught in the act of batting our favorite red Christmas bauble.

"Sacha, caught in mid-paw" , ©2006. Judith Nijholt-Strong

Luckily for us, most of the ornaments are made of plastic (kunststof) ... hmmm, our "humans" thought ahead! But some of the ornaments are made of glass and some are very, very old. This is one of "mom's" favorites - two kitties in a basket (twee katten in een mandje) . "Mom" hung it high so we couldn't mess with it.

©2006. Judith Nijholt-Strong

This year our Christmas tree was so tall, it barely fit in the room, but " our dad" did get the star on top! The Christmas tree is complete - Het kerstboom is klaar.

©2006. Judith Nijholt-Strong

Then Finn helped "dad" with the writing & sending of the Christmas cards . Yeah he's such a big, big help *cat rolling eyes* ... Finn mostly just directed.

©2006. Judith Nijholt-Strong

Finn demonstrates how cat tongues are good for licking Christmas stamps (Kerstpostzegels) . Take a close look... you might learn how it's done "cat style". *heh heh*

©2006. Judith Nijholt-Strong

These are a few of the Christmas cards our "mom" designed and made this year. The images on the cards are from some of her original small watercolors . "Prettige Feestdagen" is a typical Dutch expression/greeting at Christmas time - it means "Happy Feast Days".
©2006. Judith Nijholt-Strong, "Christmas cards 2006",
Watercolors, pen & ink - cards printed on W&N pastel paper

Even downtown Utrecht is all decorated for Christmas - although, they started earlier than we did! * hee hee*
Top photo: "Lijnmarkt at Christmas"
Bottom photo: "The Winkel van Sinkel's Christmas Colors"
Utrecht, The Netherlands --- ©2006. Judith Nijholt-Strong

Tomorrow, we help bake cookies!! (Morgen helpen wij koekjes bakken!)
I think that's going to be fun! (Ik denk dat het heel leuk wordt!)

Tot morgen,
( until tomorrow)Sacha


Paris Parfait said...

The cards are gorgeous and lovely photos. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. Looking forward to seeing you in Paris in January! xo

Anonymous said...

Fijne kerstfeestdagen klompkatten, .... of euhm.
Happy Christmas to you two cats in woodenshoes.

Katherine said...

Have a lovely moggy Christmas and tell your Mom I wish her a Happy Christmas too.

Finn & Sas said...

to all of you too!

(We love the word "moggy"!!!!)



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