I can’t believe it’s December already! Last night we put up the Christmas tree and decorated the house and it’s all looking very festive!
Each year I have visions of us all decorating the tree together happily, listening to carols, laughing, enjoying each other’s company. And each year it turns out a little more stressful than I had planned! Is it just me? Kids are pulling things out of boxes in excitement before we’re ready for them, stuff is going onto the tree before we’re ready for it. We end up frazzled and saying ‘stop’, ‘no’, ‘don’t touch that!’, ‘wait!’, on repeat. Well not this year!
It was time for us to CHILL OUT, step back, and actually let everyone be involved! Usually we put the tree up, then we get the lights on. Then because we can reach the top we put the tinsel on ourselves, spread out evenly. And THEN we let them put the baubles on, reminding them not to put them all on the one branch and to spread them out so it’s even and ‘nice’. Now that is a long time for excited little kids to wait until it’s their turn to get involved isn’t it! No wonder they had trouble not touching all the shiny fun things.
This year we gave up our roles as chief tree decorating instructors! LOL. Who says we know what a good tree looks like? Maybe they know better! Who says everything has to be perfectly symmetrical and evenly placed? Not us! Not anymore! We put up the tree and wrapped around the lights while the kids looked at the baubles and spread them around the room. And then we just let them at it! We got out the step ladder so they could reach higher if they wanted too. And we had FUN! Lot’s of fun.
There is tinsel all over the place! Crisscrossed, curled, clumped, sparkly goodness!
Baubles of all colours were added.
Miss almost 2 especially liked climbing the ladder and putting as many baubles as she could on the one branch.
You’re never too young to have a go, make decisions, be creative.
And you know what? Our tree is PERFECT! It’s the best one yet! When I look at it I don’t see perfectly balanced decorations and the stress of making sure everything is just so. I see THEM. My creative, fun, crazy girls and the fun we had together. I’m not the tree police monitoring no one touches it every day. They can take things off or move them, I don’t care. I want them to feel a part of Christmas and all that comes with it! Christmas is about family and we’re all a part of this family!
Relax, let them decorate!
“In the eyes of children we find the joy of Christmas. In their hearts we find its meaning.” –
How does your family decorate the tree? Will you be doing anything differently this year?