Calverton: Timely tips for Christmas trees

Here we go … bring on Christmas! I already bought my tree, cut the end and stuck it in a bucket of water. Jamie and I actually met some of our Manorville neighbors who started out going to buy paint but ended up getting their tree also. Wherever you decide to get your tree, make sure you cut off the end and give it lots of water. Like I’ve said before, this will help it stay fresh for a long time.

Mrs. Messina and Mrs. Kent, teachers at Riley Avenue Elementary School, held a Thanksgiving feast for their second-grade classes that was amazing. Included were three huge turkeys. These two classrooms have the most generous parents, and both teachers would like to thank them for all they do for their children. The children also put on a play, and a great time was had by all. First-grade teacher Jeanne Stearns also had her children present a Thanksgiving play, which everyone enjoyed very much. I will keep you updated on the Christmas festivities at Riley as they become available.

I’m sure many of you have cats and have problems with your Christmas tree. Here are a few tips that might make life a little merrier this season. First, an artificial tree is safer for your cat as the needles are not quite as sharp. Whichever type tree you decide on, make sure you have a strong base to support it. Use fishing line to tie your tree to the ceiling to give it a fighting chance. It will give you peace of mind and no one will see it because it’s clear. Also, keep the tree away from potential launching pads such as chairs, shelves or even the television. Don’t give them the chance to be flying kitties. And, finally, don’t decorate too soon. Let them get used to the tree for a while. When you do decorate, put the shiny, tempting ornaments higher up. I hope this works for you. Good luck!

A very happy birthday to our little Yorkie Brooklyn, who turns 8 on Dec. 6. What a joy she is. I love her so much! Guess who’s granddaughter will be turning 1 soon? Mine! I will let you know all about it next week.

Till next time, have a great week, be safe and get that shopping done! Take care, bye.