The Abilene area is not without its share of scary ghost stories or urban legends. I doubt that you can find an Abilenian that hasn't heard about the 'Lady Ghost Of Fort Phantom' or the mystery surrounding the 'Anson Lights'.
Anyone that owns a cat knows they are typically enamored by shiny objects. Christmas trees are typically full of shiny objects. So, when you combine the two, you'll eventually have a destroyed Christmas tree.