Another Favorite Thing: How to Wrap a Cat for Christmas

Every year at this time I haul out this little chestnut for my Facebook page. It’s really just one of the sweetest things out there. The video, set to the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, is simple enough. A cat, his person and some gift wrap.

It was uploaded on the day after Christmas in 2009 and over the years has racked up nearly 8 million views. I have watched it dozens of times and it still charms me. I love the cat, the thought balloons and the gentleness involved in turning Flippy into a neatly packaged loaf of cat.

His person, who has been able to remain anonymous for all these years, isn’t just well known for this one video, although that would be enough. He is actually a maniac domino setter-upper and knocker-downer. In this video he sets up 7,000 dominoes to create Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night and then knocks them down. Coolness ensues.

Sadly, Flippy Cat, the star of the wrapping a cat video, passed away in July of 2010. If you feel like crying a little watch this tribute. Thankfully, we’ll always have Flippy with us and can enjoy his endearing patience any time of the year.

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