How the heck do you deck the halls?

by The Momma on November 30, 2010

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.

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A Daddy Blog November 30, 2010 at 11:58 am

Hey, Ginger, et al. We’re facing the same dilemma with our two year old. Last year I put one of those plastic baby corals around the tree, and that worked pretty well. But now she is extremely mobile with better upper body strength than mommy or daddy… so climbing is not out of the question. I think we’ll just put it in the corner with unbreakable ornaments on the tree, and perhaps anchor it with a hidden cord to the wall or ceiling behind it? If that does seem to be working we’ll do the dinning room behind the gate thing, too. Love your hubby’s illustrations on your posts. Have a great day!

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clara November 30, 2010 at 2:13 pm

We forwent (forgoed?) didn’t have a tree for the past 2 years. It is not relaxing or festive to have to say “NO DON”T TOUCH NO DON”T TOUCH NO DON”T TOUCH” for three weeks. IMHO. This year we are planning to have a tree because the younger brother (who is the concern – he is the destructive, non-listening one) has some respect for pretty trees now, at 2.5 years old. So that’s my advice. Don’t have one. Things we did instead of tree: lots of lights around the windows. Favourite ornaments hung on the walls, replacing picture frames. Cardboard tree tacked to the wall. (that was last year) More cookies. More presents (w/the money you save on tree/ornaments/baby gates)!

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Kathleen amoment2think November 30, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Our solution? A small fake tree on top of a table. Works like a charm. It is probably 2 feet tall and not at all Charlie Brown looking. It came pre-lit and it is actually very nice. Audrey can’t reach it and we get our Christmas atmosphere.

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kate December 2, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Last year when Beckett was 16 months old the tree was in a different room than our living room. It looked a little silly there, but we weren’t forced to constantly bark “No” and she/us were able to enjoy the christmas scene from afar. :)

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The Daddy December 2, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I’m thinking this is what we’re gonna have to end up doing. The kid is only super young and… “spatially challenged” once, right? We can adapt a holiday that comes once a year one or two times rather than deal with his squirrelishness.

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