Vintage Merry Christmas and Hanukkah Cats and How Cat Lovers Cruise by Layla Morgan Wilde. Always ad-free for your reading joy.
Our annual selection of revamped vintage cat art includes themes as relevant today as 50 or 100 years ago. Some things never change. But this year, I’m also sharing a feline festive vibe from a recent cruise and from home with Odin. Plus our Cat Wisdom 101 snail mail holiday card.
A limited amount of snail mail cards were mailed out just before I left on my travels. I ran out of time and a bunch weren’t sent, sorry.
This year I spent part of the holiday season on a Caribbean cruise. What a joy to see the ship decked out in holiday sparkles.
I always have to stick in my classic pic of Odin with the menorah candles. He no longer cares about candle flames but I’m still careful.
And if you’re wondering What Cats Really Want for Christmas read this. No shopping involved 🙂
I don’t usually wear a Santa hat in public but there is something liberating about being on a cruise ship. It’s unlikely I’ll ever see those passengers again so why not be silly. Of course my (not so) ugly Christmas sweater has a cat in full sparkly sequin splendor.
There were no cats on board but there was one adorable and very devoted service dog.
I wondered he was going potty and found a cozy nook outdoors with a relief station.
While there were no real cats onboard, I did find this huge cat sculpture by Romero Britto.
There was a spectacular gingerbread village onboard.
The Christchurch Anglican Cathedral in Nassau, Bahamas has lovely stained glass window. I found it to be a peaceful respite from busy, touristy downtown.
Getting back to vintage cat art, isn’t it remarkable how something from over 60 years ago is as fresh as yesterday? I played with them to add a little extra festive fun. If you love this kind of art, here’s a few more Vintage Merry Christmas Cats from our archive.
It was bittersweet decorating the tree this year. I made ornaments for our four cats three years but sadly Odin is the only one left this year.
I bought a new Santa hat for Odin but who was a kidding? He refused to indulge me and pose. But he did make a nice question mark with his tail.
Oh well, there is always photo editing 😉
We had a small party on the weekend for our very spiritually eclectic family. Every year is different and and no matter what, there is always something to celebrate. Decorating with old and new items. Cooking and baking family favorites and trying something new. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate when there is love.
And Odin will add: Forget about purrfection people! Relax. Stress less and purr more.
Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah. Whatever you believe in, I think we can all agree, we need more love, light, hope and peace.
Thank for being being here!
Layla, Odin and the Angels AKA Celestial Feline Crew