Aby-a-Day – December 24: Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…because, you know what, the cats took care of them (Hipstamatic Monday)

So. It’s the night before Christmas. Time for some corny self-portraits using Incredibooth’s Holidaze booth. Wearing Santa hats, of course.

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(And in case you’re wondering about that title…)

I Want an Abyssinian for Christmas

A few years ago, I finally managed filk Gayla Peevy’s 1953 novelty hit “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”, and I thought I’d repost it again this year:

I want an Abyssinian for Christmas
Only an Abyssinian will do
Don’t want a doll, no dinky Tinker Toy
I want a Abyssinian to play with and enjoy

I want an Abyssinian for Christmas
I don’t think Santa Claus will mind, do you?
He won’t have to use our dirty chimney flue
Just bring him through the front door, that’s the easiest thing to do

I can see me now on Christmas morning, creeping down the stairs
Oh what joy and what surprise when I open up my eyes
To see an Aby baby curled there

I want a Abyssinian for Christmas
Only a Abyssinian will do
No wild Bengals or silly Siameses
I only like Abyssinineses
And Abyssinineses like me too!

People say an Aby would tear apart my house,
I’m sure with proper training he’ll be quiet as a mouse!

There’s lots of room for him to play and jump and fight…
I’ll feed him and I’ll love him and I’ll never sleep at night!
I can see me now on Christmas morning, creeping down the stairs
Oh what joy and what surprise when I open up my eyes
To see my Aby kitten waiting there

I want an Abyssinian for Christmas
Only an Abyssinian will do
No Devon Rexes, no Himalayans
I only like Abyssiniayans
And Abyssiniayans like me too!

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I also have an alternate or additional verse, for that second part:

Husband says an Aby would wreck the furniture
But only if he’s bored – he’s such a busy lil’ creature!

There’s lots of room for him in our two bedroom place
I’d feed him there and groom him there and kiss his pretty face
I can see me now on Christmas morning, creeping down the stairs
Oh what joy and what surprise when I open up my eyes
To see my Aby kitten waiting there