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December 16, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

So this is Kiss-mess.

Humans are messy – they have periodic manic scrubbings of domiciles, but do nothing about their thinking.

Obviously delusional here in this image. Probably the spirited winter ale.

A low level attempt at hogging the Kiss-mess message spirit which should not be left to those on high.

Oh, dear. How embarrassing. Just kick over the wrapping paper rolls, empty tubes, clumps of uncooperative tape. Every year. Talk about global harming. Wait! Careful with those white foam peanuts. Those are valued for bathtub hockey.

Come along. Now, where were We? 

MAn and woman dancing while pig watches on Christmas card by Wilhelm Larsen (1854-1893) Nat.Lib. of Norway/USPD., artist life/

(Christmas card/Nat.Lib. of Norway/USPD/

Pigs are a good thing, you know.

Intelligent. More than We can say about some.. in the spirit of Kiss-mess We shall refrain from being more specific.

The pudgy ones are all in with holiday traditions and have been for a long time in Europe and Scandinavia.

Schwein gehabt or “having a pig” means being lucky. This expression goes back to the medieval times when a farmer who had a lot of pigs that year was really lucky.”

“When you give someone a marzipan pig, you are wishing him or her good luck for the next year. If you find an almond in your traditional Christmas porridge, you might get a marzipan pig for a prize. In the very, very olden days, a single lady wanted to find the almond because it meant she would get married the next year.” (Source including a recipe here)

Marzipan Christmas pig.

Snort at Reindeer Pig, Punk Rocker Pig, Glamour Pig and more here.

Staff has been enamored with marzipan pigs since encountering them in Spain.

Unfortunately her attempts years ago to share the traditional holiday creature was mistaken for fat shaming.

Knee-jerk hyper-sensitivity has only gotten worse. We, as RC Cat of the Realm, can only hope that these images today are not tagged as a hate crime or disparaging law enforcement.

Honestly, one would think any comparison of human to pig would be considered a compliment.

Sigh. So many sweet things are now in jeopardy.

Must be the winter ale-mints.

Boy leading to pigs on Christmas card. State LIbrary of Queensland/USPD., artist life/

When even the young have difficulty focusing on a positive direction, you have to wonder if it’s because they are offered more good things than they can handle.(State LIb. of Queensland/USPD/

Being welcoming of diversity of thought and creatures (as long as We have a high spot out of the fray to watch with interest), We, RC Cat of the Realm, wish to join in all celebrations of peace and good will.

Purrhaps no offense will be taken if We cannot resist offering a tiny suggestion – the humble phrase below – in hopes Kiss-mess joy and good tidings might last all year long.

Kitten's Christmas wishes. (Victorian card/ NovaScotia Archives/, artist life/

A Kiss-mess wish for you and yours.(USPD/

crown symbol with message "I am RC Cat and I approve this message"

I am RC Cat and I approve this message. Yes, yes. What good manners you have. Not having to be reminded about leaving tributes at the door. Ah, there may be something after all to this Kiss-mess spirit.

no no

Graciously, We have included the gift of this portrait – suitable for framing or for carrying in a wallet as inspiration. What? No, We shall not autograph it. We know what signed celebrity images go for on eBay. For personal use only. Audience finis. Merry on. Now. Not a request – neither the “merry on” nor the “now”. What? Must We repeat ourselves? Sigh. I am RC Cat and I approve this message. Merrily. There. Satisfied? The paw has waved. Obligatory “jingle on”. Kindly said. Kindly!


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  1. easyweimaraner / Dec 16 2019 6:50 am

    maybe it is a lucky time for pigs because the feathered guys land on the table? a friend was on a christmas fairy with her decorated baubles… between a butcher and two speckled pigs and a stall for hunters… well picked place LOL


  2. pensitivity101 / Dec 16 2019 7:01 am

    Beautiful portrait…………. and lovely cards too


  3. Kate Crimmins / Dec 16 2019 7:28 am

    I loved the phrase “periodic manic scrubbings of domiciles.” Although that doesn’t happen here enough I will try to work it in my everyday conversation! RC is looking regal!


  4. susielindau / Dec 16 2019 9:14 am

    Love it! Pigs are closest to our DNA after all.
    Merry, merry!


  5. robstroud / Dec 16 2019 11:21 am

    Once again, entertaining AND educational. Thanks for helping me have a pig this holiday season!


  6. cindy knoke / Dec 16 2019 11:52 am

    Merry Kiss Mess to you!


  7. RKLikesReeses / Dec 16 2019 12:05 pm

    Ahhh…sweet and lovely – and regal!
    Merry Kiss-Mess to you, too!


  8. sustainabilitea / Dec 16 2019 6:12 pm

    I don’t like marzipan, but I like the “having a pig” idea. Kiss-mess is also good. 🙂



  9. shoreacres / Dec 17 2019 4:36 am

    I didn’t know there are marzipan pigs, too. I’ve only come across the peppermint variety, that come with a little hammer. I’m not sure what the point of breaking the pig is — more research is needed. The portrait of RC is fabulous, as is the word about trying a little kindness this season!


  10. The Coastal Crone / Dec 17 2019 2:31 pm

    Merry Kiss-Mess to you! RC is quite regal – I would vote for him!


  11. Littlesundog / Jan 1 2020 5:08 pm

    Oh, dear… RC’s portrait has those intimidating eyes that follow a person everywhere, no matter where they position themselves. Do you think it was intentional??


  12. cat9984 / Feb 23 2020 2:56 pm

    RC – You are as beautiful as you are intelligent. Your staff is very fortunate.


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