When I draw animals, they're usually very helpful and thoughtful animals. They put on their work socks and get right in there to help with whatever needs some helping.
My inspiration for such sweet behavior?
Oh, this would not be it. Yesterday Violet stayed in her pajamas all day and wouldn't get out of bed.
So the tree decorating was done just by me. And while I was retrieving ornaments from godknowswhere upstairs, my neighbor's security alarm went off. I knew he was visiting relatives for the day so I ran over to check on the house but saw no one.........but the front door was open. I called the police and apparently there was a quick break-in (the thief was in and out before the alarm went off a minute later!). So I decorated my tree in between going out and talking to the police officers and later my neighbor who had to leave his family north of the river and return home to attend to a broken door frame. The thief ran off with some presents that my neighbor and his girlfriend had just opened before they left to visit his folks. My neighbor seemed pretty calm about it though... he's probably getting used to these break-ins (last year the thieves used his back door). Lovely neighborhood I live in.
I don't think he liked the "man purse" he got from his girlfriend anyway. That was one of the things stolen and my neighbor seemed kind of glad it was gone. And maybe some other guy might be receiving it as a "Christmas gift" today and kind of wishing he never got it either.
Anyway, ladies and gentleman, I present to you the Christmas crime tree because that's all I could think about in the twenty minutes it took to decorate it. But I got it done fast. When you know the police are going to be at your door soon and for who knows how long, inspiration hits you faster than enjoying the mood of sitting around drinking coffee and staring at your passed out cat in the sunshine.