I finally cleared enough floor space to go ahead and decorate a little for Christmas. Matt & I went out to find a tree in a nearby lot, brought the little guy home and I went into full holiday mode. I cranked up the holiday music while Matt was tutoring and made mints for my work cookie exchange (yes, mints for cookies - was worried I'd duplicate one of the other 16 varieties).
So far the cats have sniffed & circled it. Hopefully they won't try to climb it or chew through the wires.