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A Cat and Mouse Christmas Story

 An Original Bedtime Xmas Story
'A Cat and Mouse Christmas Story'

Story Written By Pauline Weston Thomas for

Orignial Christmas Story

Christmas Customs - A Cat and Mouse Christmas
Fashion-era's Original Bedtime Xmas Story 2005

An ORIGINAL Christmas story about Jemima Ginger Cat, Martina Mouse and Mr Marshmallow Mouse written by Pauline Weston Thomas of
First published at on 20 October 2005 © Copyright Pauline Weston Thomas.


'A Cat and Mouse Christmas'Fred's House

One snowy late December night called Christmas Eve the snow slowly fell and made the grass all around as white as a big fluffy blanket.  Jemima Ginger Cat, who was very annoyed, sat outside Fred’s house shivering with cold. Jemima Ginger Cat Taunting Martina Mouse

Jemima Ginger Cat had a lot of fur, but all afternoon she had been crouched very, very still ready to pounce.  She had been ready to pounce on poor Martina mouse from the nearby field. Martinamouse had been very frightened so she had run around and around in frenzied circles all day long.

A cosy fireplaceMartinamouse got very hot with all the running she had done.  But, Jemima Ginger Cat was very cold now as she had been quite still most of the afternoon.  Jemima Ginger Cat was looking forward to curling up in front of the fire.

Now as teatime came, the sky was getting darker and darker and both Jemima Ginger Cat and Martina mouse wondered what to do next.  Although Martina was hot that minute, she really preferred in winter to nest inside the house. In fact, she had already made a secret little nest in the loft and she wanted to get back into the house away from Jemima Ginger Cat.  She wanted to be next to her beloved Mouse husband who was called Mallowmouse.  

Mallowmouse was really a tame mouse that had escaped from its cage.  Mallowmouse was called that because he was a soft and powdery grey white and looked just like a big fat dusty marshmallow. Martina wearing her naturally beautiful fur coat

Martina was a little field mouse and she was a strange, but interesting colour that fashionistas called greige.  In fact Martina had a lovely thick grey fur coat that was very beautiful and was all the rage in the world of the London fashion Mouseland scene too.

Jemima Ginger Cat looked at Martina and thought too about Martina’s mouse husband Mallowmouse.  Mmmmm marshmallows are so nice to eat she thought with a flick of her whiskers.

Like Jemima Ginger Cat Martina mouse wanted to get back into the house and waited patiently. Suddenly Fred came out to get the Christmas tree he had left earlier in the garage.  Fred shooed the cat away as he need to carry the tree into the house without a cat in his path. Martina jumped with Christmas joy. Her chance to escape had come at last as she ran toward the garage.  She knew she was very lucky and had escaped from Jemima Ginger Cat at last.  Jemima Ginger Cat would not get that extra special Christmas dinner she had been planning for weeks.

Martina knew her way into the house from the garage. It was a long climb to the loft, but she could do it.  She was after all very fit from all that running in circles that the ginger cat regularly put her through.The garage where Martina slipped under the skirting board.

Long ago when the cement floor had dropped, it had settled at a lower level and it had exposed a gap in the skirting board.  Fred was too lazy to fix the gap, but Martina was very glad he thought it wasn’t an urgent problem.  She squeezed her tiny body under the garage’s skirting board and soon she began the long slow climb to the top of the house.  An hour or more later after many hops, jumps and wrong turns, she was in the crawl space and she decided to rest there.  This was a good place to be as Bobby Bear lived right next door in the small room, which was Ben’s bedroom.  She knew Bobby bear would help her if he could if she needed help.

Ben was really looking forward to Christmas.  He was expecting Santa to climb down the chimney and bring him lots of presents in a big, big sack.  Because of this, Ben and his sister Belinda had insisted that the fire was left unlit, as they didn’t want Santa to burn his boots or hurt himself.  What a surprise that would be for Jemima Ginger Cat, who was longing to curl up by the fire.  In fact, Jemima Ginger Cat would soon get another big surprise. She was soon to find herself sleeping in the utility room for the next 12 days of Christmas. The tree is decked whilst it snows outside.

Fred had declared that it was too dangerous for Jemima Ginger Cat to stay in the sitting room where the new Christmas tree was being decked. Fred said Jemima Ginger Cat was a hazard what with all the fairy lights, chocolate ornaments, gingerbread cookies, tinsel and hanging glass baubles on the tree.

In other years, Jemima had been very silly and would jump up and down fighting with the moving lights, pawing at the tinsel and baubles.  Last year she had caused havoc on Christmas Day when she brought the tree crashing down and thick dark earth poured out of the tree bucket pot all over Fred’s pale cream carpet.  Fred said he had had enough of that, as the last thing he wanted to do after his Christmas dinner was clean up a fallen over tree.  So this year the sitting room was declared out of bounds to Jemima Ginger Cat for the whole of the Xmas season.


So Jemima Ginger Cat was sent into the cold utility room to stay with the cold freezer, the refrigerator and the cold washing machine and worse as it was snowing, the cold draught from the back door.  She was not a happy cat.  She would show them she thought.  She would make sure that next year she would have six kittens so they could all make a big fuss of her instead of a decorated Christmas tree.

Meanwhile upstairs in the crawl space Martina mouse was just setting off for the loft when she came upon a new passageway. For a while she was scared as she explored the new passageway.  But, bravely she travelled on and further down and then up and down and up and down again.  Although it got nearer and nearer to 10pm she was soon in a different part of the house.  Soon she could see a chink of light, smell a Christmas Fir tree smell, cinnamon and tangerines.  She felt drawn to the area and the cosy warmth that was coming from this new place. This was all so exciting and her nose twitched at the smells of Christmas.Wow - look at the fairy lights.

‘Wow’ she could see fairy lights. ‘Wow……… spectacular’ she thought to herself.

She hummed and ahhhhhd and decided that it was too good an opportunity to miss seeing more of the lights and taking in all the wonderful smells of Christmas.  So even though she was very hungry with no chance of eating some of the foods that must be nearby somewhere, she settled down to sit and watch the lights through the gap in the skirting board.  At first, she forgot all about her beloved Mr Mallowmouse waiting for her high up in the loft.  Now she was further than ever from him settled down behind the sitting room skirting board.

Meanwhile up in the loft Mr Mallowmouse was getting very worried.  All sorts of ideas ran through his head. Maybe that nasty Jemima Ginger Cat had at last caught Martina his beloved little mouse wife and already had her lined up for a luxury Christmas dinner.  He felt sick to his stomach. ‘Oh no not my beloved Martina, not my darling mouse,’ he cried out aloud.Mallow Mouse becomes a very brave Musketeer

Adrenaline soared through his body and Mr Mallowmouse set off on the long journey through the house in search of his beloved Martina.  She was such a pretty cheerful mouse he thought, beautiful both inside and outside and he knew that life without her wasn’t something he could even begin to think about.  He must save her.  He must rescue her.  Most importantly if she had been attacked by the cat he must nurse her back to full health.  He would look after his beloved princess his beautiful Martina, his darling mouse wife.

He raced down the dusty floorboard secret house passageways across all the covered electric cables.  He carefully avoided the central heating copper pipes which ran through along the under floorboards. Mr Mallowmouse had learnt long ago that the pipes could get very hot.  They were nice to be near as they were warm, but not nice to touch as they could get very hot when the radiators were being heated or it was near bedtime bath time for Ben and Belinda. Once he had burnt his little pink feet when he jumped on the copper pipes and jumped off just as fast.  He had been very careful about touching hot things ever after that.

He got to the floor where Ben’s bedroom was and for a moment stopped to catch his breath.  He just didn’t know which way to go next.  But something made him take a new route, a new path and soon he was scurrying along a new secret tunnel.  It was getting so late that he thought Fred and his family would soon be going to bed.  This worried him because he knew then that he would have to be silent because any noise would alert Fred again to the mice living in the loft and he didn’t want that.


Last year when they had made their home in the loft they had asked a few friends to join them. They had got so excited at their housewarming party when Stephen Squirrel, Susie Squirrel, Richard Rat, Rosie Rat, Michael Mouse, Mary Mouse and Hubert Hedgehog had all entered by the secret entrance.  Hubert had taken two days to arrive, but it was worth the wait to have him with them.  They had danced half the night away and must have woken Fred and his wife in the middle of the night.

Fred was a big man who was never scared, but his wife who had been screaming and screeching for hours was frightened by the thought of a tiny mouse in the loft.  She became very strict with Fred and started to make lots of demands on Fred.  At breakfast, she had told Fred off for not taking urgent action to get rid of the mice.  By elevenses, she had warned Fred that his life would not be worth living if he did not sort out the ‘mouse problem’.  By lunchtime, they had heard her insist that Fred go shopping with her.  Shopping that minute, not a moment longer could she wait was the message they heard.Fred's wife when she returns from one of her shopping trips, to declare one week later that she hasn't a thing to wear!

This was unusual as Fred NEVER liked going shopping never, ever, but his wife liked to shop for hours and hours looking at clothes, perfumes and jewellery, which she put in her bulging wardrobe.  When his wife opened her wardrobe, to get dressed to go out shopping again, clothes and shoes would come tumbling out as she had bought so many just the week before.  Some still even had their tickets and tags on the clothes.  Despite all the clothes in the wardrobe she could often be heard to say ‘I’ve nothing to wear’ and would then have an excuse to go shopping again.  Fred despaired and would roll his eyes upward.  He liked a simple easy life.  Most of all he liked to focus on the important things in life, like watching football or eating freshly baked scones or working on his computer for hours on end.

That day when Fred came home after shopping with his wife, he rushed straight to the refrigerator in the kitchen.  After a few minutes he then went straight to the loft.  He got out his stepladder and poked open the loft door just a little and slipped in something before quickly shutting the hatch door.

Mr Mallowmouse had trained as a mouse engineer and understood how machines worked. He soon realised Fred was trying to torture them with one of those nasty trick gadgets he had heard Fred call a mousetrap. He had read about this in the latest Mouse Engineering Monthly magazine.  The trap would have a neat square of fresh chocolate or cheese on it and was meant to lure them.  But Mr Mallowmouse knew his facts and he knew these mousetraps were like Roman battle machines that sprung into action if any weight was put on them.  ‘Weight’ meant mouse foot and he was not going to fall for that one.The mousetrap!

‘Arghhhhhhhhhh please don’t let my poor Martina be in one of those mousetraps’, Mr Mallowmouse thought.  Yes cheese was delicious and so was chocolate, but those mousetraps were what every mouse had nightmares about.  They were a cruel deceit and an unwary mouse could easily get caught in one.  Fortunately, the mousetrap was banished when Fred was checking it one day and got his finger trapped in it.  ‘No more mousetraps’ he told his wife.  But could Martina and Mallowmouse really believe that?

Now he was having a different kind of nightmare as he searched for Martina.

Would he ever find his beloved mouse?

Would she be caught in a trap?

Would she be lined up for a cat’s feast?

He despaired, but suddenly he could sniff Martina’s scent.  She always smelt very fragrant. Indeed she always wore the latest perfume from Paris as he himself had often acquired little small bottles of famous perfumes he sometimes found on Fred’s wife’s dressing table when she was out shopping again.  He had even heard Fred’s wife call them the latest perfume samples. His favourite perfume was the Caron perfume she wore now and he had heard it was all the rage this season.  She smelled delicious and he could not wait to see her again.  He was so glad she was nearby.

Knowing she was nearby he decided to let her know he was coming near to her.  He was a very thoughtful mouse and he knew she was easily scared and would sometimes give a start and a little jump if he suddenly appeared from nowhere.  So he squeaked a little and he heard her send a friendly squeak back to him.Santa's picnic left out by Fred and his wife, with carrots for Rudolph.

The squeak was really a sigh of relief from Martina. She was glad to have her Mr Mallowmouse nearby to sit with her and enjoy the fairy lights.  Martina rubbed noses with Mr Mallowmouse she was so delighted to see him.  She told him she was quite hungry, but just happy to be safe and back in his arms.  He told her he was very excited and happy to see her too. Tomorrow there would be lots of food lying around all day and maybe they could get some leftovers when the adults slumped in front of the telly and were sleeping off their dinners.

Then he said why didn’t they just sit and watch the fairly lights twinkle on the tree as they wouldn’t have many chances to do that at other times of the year.  It was pure bliss he thought, to be with Martina again.

Wonderful twinkling fairy lights.

So entwined in each others arms, they had been happily sitting there for half an hour watching the fairy lights when they heard the clock strike midnight.  With that they both glanced at the clock on the fireplace to notice two black feet dangling through the chimney hole.

Santa has just arrivedThen they saw a splash of one very red leg, then another red leg, then some white fluffy fur and more red and suddenly there was a man on the cream carpet.  It was Father Christmas smoothing off the soot from his fancy red fur trimmed suit as he emerged from the fireplace.  The mice watched as Santa placed a big sack on the floor and stretched his arms out as if he was stiff from the clamber down the chimney.

Santa felt peckish. He looked around the sitting room and suddenly spied a covered up plate of food and a drink which he knew had been left for him.  Santa carefully removed the napkin covering the plate of mince pies and popped one into his mouth.

‘What fine mince pies, full of cherries, currants, raisins, sultanas, apple, peel and nuts’, he said out aloud. ‘Mmmmmm’ said Santa, ‘these are melting in my mouth, but I must only eat one at each house as everyone leaves a plate of mince pies for me and I have to eat those made by poor cooks, as well as eat those made by good cooks.  It’s no wonder I have grown so large with all the pies I have to eat up.’Santa getting through his midnight snack.

He started to hum as he licked the crumbs off his lips.  His full tummy made him feel extra generous, so he left twice as many presents as he usually left.  Ben and Belinda would be very happy on Christmas morning when they saw all the lovely Christmas boxes under the tree.

Santa always leaves by the back door or a window instead of climbing back up the chimney.  When he went into the cold scullery, he saw Jemima Ginger Cat who looked so sad and unhappy.

Santa knew what would cheer her up - a nice warm thick mat and a cat basket.  He fetched one out of his never empty sack of goodies. Santa looks for one last present for Jemima Ginger Cat.In it he put a rubber toy mouse that would bounce and bounce as long as Jemima Ginger Cat wanted to play cat and mouse.  As an extra treat he clipped a lovely jewelled collar onto Jemima’s neck. Jemima Ginger Cat sighed and the purred with satisfaction.Jemima Ginger Cat settles down to purr the nightaway.  Life seemed almost complete for her what with the new necklace and the cat basket of her very own.  Some handsome cat would surely find her very attractive very soon when they saw her with her beautiful choker necklace and heard all about her gracious living accommodation.  She purred contentedly as she thought this to herself.

And suddenly Santa was gone.

Now just two little beings were awake in the house as all slept sweetly.  Those two little beings were two very loving mice called Mr Mallowmouse and Martina mouse.  They were having the very best Christmas ever as they danced in the glow of the fairy lights before the automatic timer switched the lights off.  They were full of mince pies from the plate that Santa had kindly left uncovered. They were two happy and content mice in love with each other and with life.

When the tree light timer went off at 12.15 a.m., they carefully made their way back to their home in the loft where they flopped into their nest at 2a.m. just two very tired little mice. Bliss - Peace on earth, goodwill to all men.

They slept very soundly knowing that they were safe and warm inside the house and best of all together.  Outside the snow continued to fall and cover the ground to make Christmas Day a winter wonderland Christmas of Peace and Joy on Earth and Goodwill to all Men.


The End


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An ORIGINAL Christmas story about Jemima Ginger Cat, Martina Mouse and Mr Marshmallow Mouse written by Pauline Weston Thomas of

First published at on 20 October 2005 © Copyright Pauline Weston Thomas.

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