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Saturday, November 29, 2008

A child-proof tree


It is true that with a little effort and discipline, you can train your small toddlers to leave the Christmas decorations alone. This has been my mantra ever since having kids, because I won't be deprived of Christmas ornaments on my tree simply because there are babies around. That being said, a compromise was decided upon last year. We have stored away the beautiful glittering glass balls and breakable snowmen that used to adorn our elegant tree, to be brought out again some day in the future. Instead, we now have a cute country-esque theme comprised solely of wooden, cloth, and plastic ornaments. And candy canes. I love it just as much as the elegant tree, and even more so because Bree was able to help decorate (see her "cluster" method of hanging ornaments, above right). Yes, I am still training my children to leave the tree alone, and they are so good--even 10-month-old Mason! But, with a child-proof tree, I'm better safe than sorry.

6 comments:

jenn said...

Wow - you are on the ball getting up decorations already... or maybe I'm just NOT on the ball - either way it is beautiful and I am impressed.

Rachel said...

Very wise! Last year was the first year we put ornaments on the tree since having babies, I'm so excited because this year they will be able to enjoy the holiday more. I didn't have trouble with them playing with the ornanments, my trouble was that the toddler would stick things in the tree that did not belong. I searched high and low for his blankie that he HAS to sleep with, finally found it shoved in the back of the tree.

elise said...

happy christmas! i can't believe how long bree's hair is getting, she looks so grown up.

Melissa said...

I agree, there is just as much to love about a child proof tree as there is about an elegant tree. And it makes it so much more fun for the kids. Bree's so cute!

Jaime Lynne said...

I am not ready to make that leap yep but you will inspire me when the time comes. Definitely better to be safe then sorry. Love you!

Frances wallace said...

I wish I was there to help Bree and Mason decorate the tree. I would love to read Christmas stories to them.

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