So now that Thanksgiving is over, and the turkey and pumpkin is behind us, it’s time to start looking ahead to December, peppermint, and Christmas. I’ve started thinking about what to buy all my family members (well, the ones who don’t send me lists), what to put on my list, when to buy the tree…and a new question:
How exactly does one have a tree with a maniac of a toddler?
I can’t imagine a tree and any ornaments surviving the Noodle’s enthusiastic (and STRONG) grasp. I mean, everything else has been stripped out of the living room that’s not bolted to a wall or totally indestructible by toddler aggression enthusiasm, so a tree? Ornaments? Doubtful.
My best guess is to put the tree in the dining room, behind the baby gate (we could still see from the living room it if we rearrange the dining room a little). Someone else suggested putting a gate AROUND the tree, but I don’t necessarily want to buy a gate specifically for the tree, and none of our gates would work as they are to go around the tree. We like a real tree, but even if we didn’t, I think a fake one would suffer the same fate without proper precautions.
I know that at some point the holidays with the Noodle will be that much more magical and amazing–but for now, it seems a bit of a tactical nightmare. Or at least, an event worthy of military grade strategic planning.