12-25-16 Merry Christmas!

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful, warm, relaxing holiday season. Thank you so much for reading, commenting, emailing, and lurking. We appreciate you so much, especially in years like this. Next year has to be better, right? Thank you for supporting Challenger’s House, falling in love with our fosters, and spreading the word. I would still do this whole blogging thing even if y’all weren’t reading, but you make it so much more fun and worthwhile.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa – whatever holiday you celebrate (or don’t) I hope you are warm, happy, safe, and well-fed.

See you tomorrow!


This year’s cover boy for the holiday card was…


The other side of the card said:

While Stefan waits hopefully for the promised milk and cookies, we’re wishing for you and yours a peaceful, warm, joyful holiday season and a wonderful, healthy 2017.

I will be honest – I love that picture of Stefan, but it was maybe not the best idea for a holiday card. It was a pretty dark picture to start with (I lightened it as much as I could), and it printed out even darker.

I hope everyone who wanted a card got theirs. I sent out the last batch on Tuesday, so if you haven’t gotten yours, you will soon.

I have gotten all the holiday cards I’ve received from y’all scanned in and posted at Flickr. You can see the album here, or scroll through them below.

2016 Holiday Cards Received


Here are the Christmas cards from years past (starting with the oldest).

Mister Boogers from 2004 or 2005.

Spot, in 2008.

Tommy in 2009. That look he was giving me still cracks me UP.

Jake in 2010.

Spanky in 2011.

Miz Poo in 2012.

Maxi in 2013.

Sugarbutt in 2014.

Stinkerbelle in 2015.


Other Christmas images that weren’t cards but could have been!

Sugarbutt in 2005. Hard to believe he was ever that little.

Reacher. I love this picture.

And Tubby, from 2001 or 2002.

Meadow, from two years ago.


Tony Soprano.

Stinkerbelle and Tommy in 2012.

Charlie and Patty Peppers, 2011.


“HEY! WHERE ARE MY PRESENTS?!” demands Santa Dennis.


Check Instagram/Facebook/Tumblr today, I’ll be posting pictures of some of the cats in their holiday finery!


2015: Merry Christmas!
2014: This year’s Crooked Acres Holiday Card cover boy was….
2013: Merry Christmas, everyone!
2012: Merry Christmas!
2011: Merry Christmas!
2010: No entry.
2009: No entry.
2008: Santa Newtles.
2007: May your day include lots of kitty cuddling, if you’re so inclined.
2006: No entry.
2005: The pictures you won’t be seeing on next year’s Christmas card.



12-25-16 Merry Christmas! — 17 Comments

  1. Merry merry Christmas to one and all!!! Santa Dennis is so handsome! And I love the past pictures though I did have a happy sad looking at Stinkerbelle and her beloved Tommy… 🙂

  2. Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful holiday! I love LOVE-AND-HISSES – – they are a part of my day and your Christmas cards are a part of my Christmas decor – proudly displayed on my refrigerator, awaiting the current year’s addition! Thank you so much for all you do!

  3. Merry Christmas, Robyn and Fred. Thank you for your effervescence, imagination, wit, and fellow feeling. You make the world a far better place every day. Best wishes to all at Crooked Acres and Challenger’s House, not to mention my fellow devoted readers!

  4. Merry Christmas to you both! Please, please could we have Kara on a Christmas card? I’m pretty sure she let you dress her up hahahahahahahahahaha!

  5. Your card looked great, thank you so much! I think your online journal was one of the first I ever read (you and Bitter Hag, remember her?), back in the 1990’s-and I am so happy you still blog. I remember when the Spud was a Spudlet-ha!

    Merry Christmas to everyone at Crooked Acres!

  6. Merry Christmas, Robyn, Fred and all Crooked Acres residents and fans –
    Loved the Christmas card this year! All great wishes for a fabulous 2017!