This is why...
- we can't have a tree that gets put together in layers...that equals climbing to the top opportunities for the cats
- the most precious ornaments now get loaded around the top of the tree
- Jim had to make a base for the tree out of 2 2x4's crossed and routed to fit like an X, screwed in to a 4x4 with a hole drilled into it that the tree pole slides into. This way, even if they do jump in, try to climb, etc... they can't tip the whole thing over like they did multiple times in 2005.
Before: This is when we got it up, lights strung, and our 1st ornament we got together on it.
After: This is taken before Christmas even, as you can still see the presents under our tree.
As you can see, the lights are no longer working, the star is falling off, there are few ornaments left, multiple branches down, and all in all, it is just a mess. I also learned to take a picture of the tree after it is completely decorated, just in case this were to ever happen again!
Hope all your trees are looking festive!