Today I am participating in a Blog Hop!
“Oh, Christmas Trees!”
If you’re looking for inspiration for your tree such as DIY ornaments or just want to see some really gorgeous, fun, and creative Christmas trees, then you’ll LOVE the hop, so be sure to stop by and visit all the other blogs that are listed below.
But First!!! I am sharing with you a…
Toddler Themed Christmas Tree!
Imagine it…you have spent hours decorating your tree. It’s so beautiful. You stand back, take a look and are just amazed.
Note that this one is not complete in this photo above.
But, of course, you have a two or three old who is just as amazed and has to touch that Christmas ball or that shiny garland. All of sudden that tree no longer looks so beautiful.
I started this tradition when Emma was two and mobile. Christmas balls were hitting the ground and shattering. The garland was hanging differently than where I had positioned it. And I worried as to whether I was going to find her under the tree.
I didn’t want her touching anything. I had to do something.
And then it hit me. She just had to have her own tree.
At two, she didn’t know how to decorate a tree…only how to take it down. So to ensure that I didn’t have a million broken pieces all over the floor (or potentially in her mouth or embedded in her skin), I chose plush ornaments.
But now she just loves it. Years three, four and now five have been so exciting for her to have and decorate her own tree.
It doesn’t matter if all the ornaments are all placed in the same area.
As long as its hers, that’s all that matters.
I will say, it is so much fun to watch her. This year I have to laugh at how she placed the ornaments on the tree. Most all them have their own string or ribbon to hang from the branches with, but she chose to add ornament hangers.
I don’t think she needs them, but hey…she is happy so I am happy.
Although she doesn’t enjoy taking down the tree after the holidays. Not because she is sad to put it away (although she is), but because it means a lot of work. 🙂
Do you have a separate tree for your children? Leave me a comment below and let me know.
Thanks for stopping by!
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I used to do that for the kids every year too. One because I didn’t want them messing with the big tree, just like you. But two because I like to do themes, and they have the ones they made in school. This way we still get to display them and mom gets her pretty themed tree, lol. Emma is so cute and beautiful!