Oh Little Town of BethlahaaaaAAAAGGGGHHH!

MARY! MARY! Are you all right!?!?!?

OMG, NICE mauled crêche set, Susan D.



  1. I shouldn’t laugh, I shouldn’t laugh… Damn. I just cackled so loud I scared my fish.

  2. DaChickenLady says:

    ROFLMAO. Love the hovertext.

  3. LMAO Awaaaayyy in a maaangerrr…..OMG OH NOES!!! BABY JESUS!!!!!!

  4. . . . . can Santa Duck be far behind?

  5. Hahahahaha! The hovertext!

  6. No point in hiding out in the barn, the long arm of the claw is gonna get you in the end.

  7. The BVM has been PWNED!

  8. CO, you are making my day :~D

  9. It took me about five minutes to figure out what was up in this picture. I thought that was a hunk of cotton, and the joke was that a snowdrift came in from outside and landed on Mary. I was kind of “meh?” Then I noticed that the snowdrift seemed to have fingers, grasping her head. And the full horror of what I was seeing struck me.


    *tears running down face*

    Gotta love the kittehs. 😉

  11. catzilla!

  12. Alice Shortcake says:

    Herod in feline form…

  13. When I used to put my nativity scene out (before the days of 10 cats), baby Jesus always used to end up under the couch.

  14. Hearing fake “God”liza noises…im very sorry for that.

    Cats are funny.

  15. Gifts brought by the 3 Kings: Frankenstein and Purr.

    OT – there’s a new Teddy the porcupine vid. He’s wearing a Santa hat, eating a Christmas cookie and saying “Merry Christmas”.

  16. 😯

  17. Four years ago, when Meg first posted this, I nearly cracked a rib laughing. It’s still funny now.

  18. OT–some of the best baby tiger pics EVER on zooborns!


  20. omg, the stapped-on Santa hat is hiLARious!!! And to me, it sounds like he’s saying “Mine, mine, mine.”

  21. I’m feeling inspired to set up a creche now, just to see what they do to it.
    And by “they” I mean Eddy.

  22. I always saved him from the dust bunnies under there eventually… when I noticed he was missing…

  23. You are so mean to Eddy. Poor little innocent guy…

  24. Fird Birfle says:

    I thought Eddy was off in the ocean, in
    an old-fashioned Native American canoe,
    headed to Gilligan’s Island for a “three hour tour”

    (Echo: “a three-hour tour…”)

  25. A very familiar sight in my house!

  26. LOL When I put up my manger scene Lilac loves to knock the baby lamb and the jesus onto the floor.
    Then she sits on the edge and looks down wondering how it ended up on teh floor.


  27. Fird Birfle says:

    I really like, how the Inscrutible Catte’s FACE isn’t in-frame.
    We’re only seeing the damage about to be done. Which, by the by, brings to
    mind the Tags “Impending Doom”, “Naughtiness” or “Danger” — NONE of
    which esta aqui. Porque???

  28. Eddy’s eighth birthday was yesterday, and I was very nice to him ALL DAY LONG.

  29. I’m fine. Why do you ask??


  30. Mary (the first) says:

    Dang. Forgot I had some other temporary name. *sigh*.

  31. Mary (the first) says:

    Yes, I was ok until I saw the hovertext. And then I had to ROFL also…

  32. Fird Birfle says:

    wow. We are impressed with your Noble Demeanor.
    You get BONUS POINTS !!!

    Also, HB to EDDY!!

    *tosses glitter confetti, that skippymom will need to sweep up, later*

  33. Fird Birfle says:

    heh heh “Mary” is “fine” 🙂

  34. Mary (the first) says:

    Eddy thanks you, I’m sure.

  35. But now that his birthday is over, I will point out that he is neither “little” nor “innocent”.

  36. Did anyone else think that the second wise man from the left was playing a saxophone? Or is that just me?

    This is still one of my favorite Christmas pics of all time.

  37. I agree, ceejoe–I’m not hearing “Merry Christmas” in there. Adorable video, though!

  38. bob drummond says:

    I can’t believe what i’m seeing. Too bad the shepard nearest Mary doesn’t take his staff and whack Catzilla’s giant paw with it . Then a mouse will suddenly show up and snatch Baby Jesus away to safety ! How does all that sound ?

  39. and this made me laugh even harder.

  40. But how many hours were you actually home yesterday???

  41. ROFL!

  42. By the way, where is Round John Virgin?

  43. Hanging out with Oh Don Piano.

  44. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    I have fallen head over heels in love with Teddy the Porcupine!

    Poor eyesight and a over-the-top personality make for a wonderful combination. “It’s all about me.” And that’s all right with me, Teddy.

  45. Same here. Baby Jesus was the perfect size and weight for a cat toy. He was always making unscheduled flights around the living room and under the piano. 😛

  46. :mrgreen:

  47. Here are some shrimpies for Eddy! >:=:=:=:=:=<

  48. It happened to be my day off, and I left the house only to go to the mailbox. So there, phbbbbtt.

  49. But of course.

  50. how did they get the hat on?!

  51. and homeboy in the back has a tambourine

    Baby Jesus loves to boogie down, doncha know?

  52. And this, right here, is why we no longer put up a nativity scene in my house. Or in my sister’s house. Kyuri would chew the roofing materials off, Ezri would probably knock the manger onto the floor, and who knows what would happen to the baby Jesus.

    How my sister manages to get the train running around the Christmas tree at all is beyond me. (Her cats, Mongo and Kalei, seem to think the cars are for them to play with, and Mongo thinks the whole tree thing is a new place for him to hang out under…..)

  53. Martha in Washington says:

    My mom’s cat, Charlie Brown, would gently push all the figurines out of the way in our manger so he could lie in the straw. Never once, in 15+ years, did he knock a single one over. Now I have the set and keep it out of the way of my Gemma. Her middle name is not Grace by accident.

  54. Thanks for posting this, ceejoe. I don’t know how to do fancy things like that.

  55. Corki Bear says:

    Brava, Alice!!!!

  56. And *that* is the point where I lost it and had to giggle aloud at work. Thank you, Theresa. 🙂

  57. I had something amorphous going on in my head about a “snow-white paw of divine intervention” that I was unable to articulate. Then I started thinking about religions founded on the actions of cats, which made me think of Red Dwarf, and…it’s Friday and I need to go home.

  58. I would love to have seen a picture of Charlie Brown lying in the manger. 🙂

  59. Darnit, Theresa, my coworkers already think I’m loopy… 😀

  60. Happy Birthday Eddy! *whiskerkisses*

  61. Oh geez. Between ceejoe and Theresa, I’m absolutely gone. Might as well pack it up and head home for the day.

  62. i see this pic every year and every year i snort something out of my nose while viewing……BUT ITS SO WORTH IT! Hang in there, Mary…..

  63. I’m sure I heard Teddy actually produce a “merry Christmas!”

    Or maybe I’m just nuts. My college students just love this little guy–we just fall over laughing at his vids.

  64. haha I didnt even know what that was for like a solid minute. I thought it was cotton

  65. We used to have our nativity set up on a lower shelf than where we have it this year. It never failed that Chloe (my cat, for those who don’t know) would jump up and take a nap in it, right on top of Jesus.

  66. For me, the most heartwarming part of the Christmas story has always been when the Giant Paw of Doom arrives, bearing catnip and myrrh. (Wipes tear, sips egg nog.)

  67. fleurdamour says:

    Back by popular demand! Power to the people!

  68. fleurdamour says:

    BEFORE the days of 10 cats? Did He go under the couch by Himself?

  69. fleurdamour says:

    Guess He ‘arose.’

  70. fleurdamour says:

    And the third one brought a hookah. It’s a party.

  71. fleurdamour says:

    Bad Crookshanks!

  72. That’s it there’s been one too many mentions of egg nog ! I’m now off to the kitchen to get a cup & the special reserve rum ! YUM !!!

  73. Fird Birfle says:

    Question of faith: Would the Catholic Church consider it sacrilegious, to use a Hello Kitty Defibrithingamabob, to save the baby Jesus????

  74. I did the same thing!

  75. Fird Birfle says:

    *Maturity Points to skippymom!!!!*

  76. Fird Birfle says:

    Was that one of the gifts from the Magi????

  77. I think cats hate Christmas! I tried to put up a little sissy tree a couple years ago– the little kind that has the fiberglass lighting in the needles. Yeah, my cat definitely couldn’t stop eating it, so that had to go away pretty darn fast!! If anyone can tell me how, I can show you a picture of it…

  78. Kari Callin says:

    Eenie, Meenie, Miney, MARY!

  79. Blue Footed Booby says:

    I don’t know, but my Catholic neighbors objected to the rubber snake in our nativity scene.
    “But they’re God’s creatures too!”
    “It has…theological implications.”
    *replaces snake with spider*
    “Is that better?”

  80. Blue Footed Booby says:

    That same year our Labrador chewed Balthazar’s head off, and chewed the gift out of his hands. We didn’t have a replacement and couldn’t find the superglue, so we put him back in the scene with his head in his hands where the gift would go.

    Christmas in the Booby household is a magical time.

  81. Fird Birfle says:

    Here, at last, we see Documentary, Forensic Evidence
    of Mary’s sufferings, caused by the Evil One ….

  82. Fird Birfle says:

    The Big Green Moderayshe Machine dun got me.
    *agonized choking sounds*

    ” Oh, garcon !!!”

    (or “fille”…I’m not particular, about the gender of the waitstaff…)

  83. Fird Birfle says:


  84. *snort*

  85. Yes, I’ve seen your mating dance. 😛

  86. When you’re little, they just tell you “Frankincense and Myrrh.” 😛

  87. On the contrary. Cats LOVE Christmas.

  88. Have some eggnog, Firdie!

  89. It took me a minute too. I love the title.

  90. cellarmouse says:

    thank you, theresa; “Get Smart” was truly as funny as i remembered … one does begin to doubt with age…

  91. cellarmouse says:


  92. lol, you see, I’ve always had cats, just not the total insanity of living with 10.

  93. cellarmouse says:

    i swear i’m in the twilight zone … wat’th’…same site…two difrent sets of comments…parallel universes?…string theory?…too late at nite?…i’m goin’ to listen to “hey mr. sandman” and roll in puppies…

  94. Completely hilarious.

  95. Best mouse over EVER!

  96. Oh gahhhhh! This pic and everyone’s comments have me laughing so hard, it’s painful! I think it was when I got to “Round John Virgin” that I realized that I’m going to be sore from this for a couple of days at least! But don’t stop ‘cuz it hurts so good!
    🙂 x just about infinity

  97. Theresa, you’re killing me. I love the thought of baby J making “unscheduled flights” around the house…

  98. THAT was what the manger scene was missing!! A Santa porcupine! Now my Christmas is complete. Thanks Ceejoe! BWAHAHAHA! 🙂

  99. Happy birthday Eddie!! ❤

  100. Cut it out!! Too much silliness and I can’t get any work done! Hahahaha!

  101. Oo,Firdie, a little point of cultural trivia. Always say “jeune fille” rather than “fille” alone which is taken as an insult against a young woman’s reputation, kind of like calling her an Ess-Ell-You-Tee in English.

  102. I seriously busted out laughing when I saw that kitty paw attacking Mary.

    Someone get the handbasket ready.

  103. SlaveToCat says:

    The hand of God reaches out and gives Mary a pat on the back.
    Way to go girl, Job well done!

  104. Cats love to EAT Christmas.

  105. They’re trying on Don’s gay apparel.

  106. Mongo only pawn in game of toy trains.

  107. Our dear departed Toby would do the same thing!

  108. Suffer the little children and the enormous kittehs to come unto Me.

  109. Let me guess; kitteh’s name is Herod?

  110. bob drummond says:

    Same here ,too ! Took me a few seconds to realize what was going down !!!

  111. Or some Bailey’s Irish Creme – next to nog, my fave Xmas drink. It’s helping me while I clean house for my mother’s holiday visit . . . or rather, it’s helping me ENDURE cleaning the house (I HATE house cleaning). It would be even more helpful if I could give it a sponge so it could clean the bathrooms, but, oh well – there’s only so much Bailey’s can do. The slight intoxication helps blunt the pain of scrubbing the toilet, in any case . . .

  112. OK, this was supposed to go under Theresa’s comment. Either I’ve had too much Bailey’s or the comment time-space warp is in effect again . . .

  113. 😯

    (thanks Kimaroo….I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to use that particular emoticon).
    I too loved the Paw of God reaching to Mary.

  114. It’s the time-space warp AGAINE!

  115. *snerk* 😉

  116. Hey….this was meant to go under Kimaroo’s “Ess-Ell-You-Tee ” comment.
    Oh well… *shrugs and grabs some egg nog*

  117. It is messing with me as well Zippy.
    *furtive glances*

  118. I’m glad to know it’s not just me – I was afraid I’d had too much Bailey’s. *shifty eyes*

  119. Kiiiiiiiiiiiiii—iiiiiiiiiiitchy kitchy koooooooooooo! 😛

  120. Mongo! SANTA MARIA! 😛


  122. Oh what Bailey’s can do! 😛

  123. Away from this manger
    No crib for this bed
    The little white kitty
    swipes down towards the head

    The stars in the bright sky
    looked down where he lay
    The little white kitty
    Took off his sweet head

  124. I laughed at every part of this post! The title, the picture, and the hovertext. All told made me cry laughing. Thank you for this!

  125. & b hold teh all mitey hand ov Ceiling Cat wuz upon Mary, & she wuz blest wif cheezburgerz & cookies & stuffs.

  126. Hmm… so pardon my ignorance but I don’t get the “oh don piano” comment. Is this a misheard lyric too or…..


  127. Mary (the first) says:

    Are you sure they aren’t right?

  128. Mary (the first) says:

    There’s a video of a kitteh .. um .. it’s hard to explain .. I don’t know how to do links or I’d show you. .can someone help, here?

  129. “Mary nodded, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum,
    The porcupine kept time, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum.”

  130. BwahahahaHA! That made my morning!

  131. Never tpo mucn Bsiley’s! Only too many fumes from
    cleaning supplies. 😯

  132. Thank you Blue Footed Booby. I may have finally found my Christmas Spirit. It was on the floor where I was rolling with laughter.

  133. KittyMarthaPoo says:

    Zippy, I’m your twin, I too DETEST housecleaning in any way, shape or form.

  134. “Catzilla attack, run away, run away!! Oh the humanity…”

    This seriously made me laugh out loud this morning.

  135. Fird Birfle says:


    slightly reminiscent (while still being its own creativity here) of
    the tale in the lyrics of “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”/ Los Beatles 🙂

  136. Fird Birfle says:


  137. Fird Birfle says:

    um this MIGHT be it, but I’m linking this without being able to preview it …..

    *crosses fingers and hopes for the best*

  138. Fird Birfle says:

    Also to skippymom: I b’lieve that Round John Virgin is out in the woods, taking a nature walk, over at Sam Hill ……..

  139. The dude is a weird, cute little Golum:; “mine, mine, mine, mine!”

  140. Fird Birfle says:

    oooooo Kimmarroo THANK YOU VERREH moische for that clarification.

    DEFINITELY crucial and it surely was something that I di-unt do on
    “porpoise” !!!!!

    *blushes fire-red*

  141. What the——————!?

  142. Mollie Morrissette says:

    OMG – oops – OMGoodness, I laughed out loud! Hysterically. Crying. Tears running down cheeks. Brilliant copy!!!!!

  143. Oh the Papier-mâcherie? Oh the Plaster-anity? Oh the resin-ity?

  144. yep Kitties love Christmas… Think about it.

    There is a real or fake tree … IN THE HOUSE… Just for them to sleep under and or climb into if so inclined… tons of perfectly sized cat toys hanging on said tree… or even better scattered about teh house on end tables mantles and assorted bits of furniture waiting for a happy kittty to bat them around… Everything smells lovely (kitty lovely anyway) with the scent of pine and cinnamon and cloves. And there is hay.. Kitties love to sleep on hay believe me Mine come in from the barn all lovely smellng of hay where thy love to nap. THen there are the presents… boxes to climb and nap on all wrapped in crinkly paper to tear and nom on and ribbons and bows on them for playing with and noming on.


  145. 😆 I wish I could of seen that, Theresa 😆

  146. I love the adorable kronshing sounds…

  147. Just send a candygram to Mongo…. 🙂

  148. This one never fails to crack me up, but this year the banner ad at the top of the screen just happened to read: “IF A DISASTER STRUCK RIGHT NOW, COULD YOUR FAMILY DEPEND ON YOU? MAKE A PLAN FOR YOUR FAMILY BEFORE A DISASTER STRIKES.”

    Ya hear that, Mary and Joseph? Now that you’ve got a child, you need to prepare for the worst. Anything could hap–

    Oh well, too late now.

  149. OBJECTION!!!! On behalf of the feline overlords, we object to the assumption that the paw depicted is evil! *leans over, listens to mrows intently* My clients, the feline overlords,want it to go on record that the Evil One was called “doG”.

  150. Yeah, we had a little tree with fiber-optic filament lights blended in with the “needles”. Both Kyuri and (occasionally) Ezri would nom on the fiber-optic filaments. It kept going on a higher shelf, every year, but…..well, cats like climbing, don’t they?.


  152. Love it!!!! Bah-hah-hah!!!

  153. Jesus!!! … and Long Johnson!

    (Thanks for enlightening me!)

  154. (True story) My grandfather made a little “log cabin” manger for our family years ago, then after a few years, we had to throw it out – it was stored in the basement and a rat chose the manger as a place to die. Yeeeewwwwwwwwwww!

  155. tesstricks says:

    Hahaha, reminds me of Louis C.K.’s bit about saying “Jesus Christ” (NSFW language, I guess):

  156. tesstricks says:

    Uhh, yeah. 😛 Also, relevant bit begins at 2:15.

  157. Fleurdamour says:


  158. Skippymom, we all love Eddy. And we know that somewhere, very very, VERY, deeep down inside, you do too. 😉 OK, deeper.

  159. Like the State Farm commercial, with the giant alien robot ripping apart the roof, and extracting a suburbanite still in his armchair, while the neighbor observes, “Man, that thing does NOT like Dwayne.”


  161. I love this. I love this so much.

  162. How about just “oh the nativity”?

  163. “There goes Dwayne’s car…and there goes Dwayne’s house…aaaand there goes Dwayne.” I love that commercial- makes me giggle every time.

  164. That would be pretty great if the Bible actually said that. Of course, there is the LOLcat bible so I guess that will have to do.

  165. lololol I’m going to start saying that and NO one will get it. “Oh….the NATIVITY!!!” *back of hand to forehead*

  166. LOL

  167. omg! rofl!

  168. exactly what Fluffy said! thanks BFB!

  169. ok, I’m officially crying from the funny!

  170. 😆 TeeHee! 😆

  171. 😆 Too funny, Theresa! 😆

  172. What type of fish?

  173. bookmonstercats says:

    No one puts Baby under the couch

    (to go under ceejoe’s comment, in case the comment time-warp gets me)

  174. wannadance says:

    booby household, i want to move in. no one would call me names, except ‘sweetie…)

  175. Sounds like you could put it up early next year and enjoy a little Halloween/Christmas crossover. LOL!

    The shelf that holds our ceramic nativity scene recently took a header when one of the shelf brackets gave way. Surprisingly, the only casualty was that one of the wise men (I decided it was Balthasar, because that was the only one I could name off the top of my head) lost his head in the cleanest ceramic break I’ve ever seen. We did have super glue on hand, so we retrieved his head, which had rolled improbably far from the wreckage, and promptly recapitated him. Good as new! =)

  176. Saffron’s post made me think of a Rush song called “Anagram (For Mongo).” No, really. That’s a real song. 🙂

  177. I can not wrap prezzies and put them under the tree. I have to wait until right before we’re going to whichever family gathering and wrap the gifts right before then, because anything adorned with a bow or ribbon will be “inspected” and the bow will be punched full of little toothy holes.

    Someone gave me a little metal bell as a gift decoration some years back, and it hangs on a loop of ribbon. It wasn’t really intended as a tree ornament, but I hang it in the tree nonetheless, because it makes a great “alarm” to let me know when there’s a kitteh tripping not-so-lightly through the branches.

  178. bookmonstercats says:

    Don’t put ideas into Hollywood’s head, I beg you, bob. We’ll end up with “The Greatest Story Ever Told – the Prequel.”

    “We had to do it, Sir, even against orders, Sir. Truly, this is the Son of Gaaahd”*

    *said in very best John-Wayne-centurion-at-the-foot-of-the-Cross drawl*

  179. bookmonstercats says:

    It’s in the (C)a(t)pocryphal Gospels, mathava. I have it on the highest authority. It’s just kept hidden, in case cats really do think they should rule the universe 😉

  180. But they…DO…rule the universe. They don’t just ‘think they should’. At least, the one I live in.

  181. We used to have a beautiful sweet-tempered Brittany named Sassy, who was everybody’s favorite pet. We loved her so much that we had a little ornament Brittany to put on the tree and someone gave us a little ceramic Brittany figurine. When Sassy passed, my little brother got ahold of the little figurine and kept it around him all the time… and when we put up our Nativity scene, for the next few years “Sassie” would get snuck into the manger next to the baby Jesus, because, according to my little brother, that’s where she was, really.

  182. What Fluffy said!

  183. Your caption just slays me! I had a couple of cats who loved to play with the nativity scene. One tried to replace baby Jesus by just plunking down in the middle of the dang thing.

  184. I just laughed for like 10 minutes straight.
    Best hovertext ever

  185. I could just imagine a GIF of your cat landing in the middle…

  186. Fleurdamour says:
  187. Danger in the manger!