The Raccoon in the Tree: A Christmas Story

One of my favorite Christmas memories is of the time that we had a raccoon stuck in the Christmas tree.

We were visiting my grandparents in Massachusetts, and my uncle brought over a young raccoon. I was quite young myself, so the details as to why he brought over a raccoon are a little hazy. And ultimately unimportant to the story. At any rate, the raccoon took one look at the Christmas Tree and knew just what to do.

I learned some important and hilarious lessons that day, including that it’s a lot harder for a person to get a raccoon out of a Christmas tree than it is for a racoon to get itself into one. It’s much more difficult than removing, say, a cat.

Also, I learned that raccoons like to eat Corn Flakes. After trying and abandoning a variety of other methods of raccoon removal, my uncle committed the shocking act of throwing cereal on my grandmother’s beautiful Oriental rug, and the raccoon abandoned the tree for a snack. Christmas was saved!

My mother and I commemorated that special holiday with handmade ornaments that we sent to our relatives. She sewed the outsides and I helped glue on the stripes and the facial features.


Now we have a raccoon in the Christmas tree every year.

There are still a few days left to enter a little contest I’m having. You can win a photo or illustration of unknown quality!

About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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4 Responses to The Raccoon in the Tree: A Christmas Story

  1. Fantastic! Whole family laughing here, I had to read this out loud. That’s a rather special Christmas story. 😃

  2. Carol says:

    That was Uncle Alan’s pet racoon that he saved named Cooney. You had to be maybe 1 or 2 because I was maybe 22 or 23. Cooney got released into the wild. I never heard the story of it getting into the Christmas tree.

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