The Legend of the Tabby Cat tells the story of when the baby Jesus was lying in the manger, he began to shiver from the cold. Mary draped blankets over the infant, but he continued to shiver.
She spoke softly. “I don’t know what to do. I thought you were hungry, so I fed you. I thought you were wet, so I changed your diaper. I thought you were cold, so I wrapped another blanket around you.” She asked the animals in the stable to move closer so that their body heat would warm Jesus, but the child continued to shiver and cry.
She rocked the infant and then laid him back in a manger filled with hay. He continued to cry.
A small tabby cat who’d witnessed the scene knew what needed to be done. She leaped into the manger, cuddled next to the child and began to purr. It was the sweetest lullaby imaginable. The baby stopped crying and drifted off to sleep.
In her gratitude to the cat, Mary marked her own initial upon the tabby’s forehead so that tabby cats would forever remind the world of how one of their kind had comforted the newborn Jesus.
You could form a cat shape from some air dry clay and paint it to match the tabby markings. I happened to have a little cat toy in my stash so I used acrylic paint to match the markings. Then just add a ribbon hanger. I loved this Christmas story.
I had to find a picture of a tabby cat to see just how the markings looked. sure enough – There is the M!