Since I used to make such a big deal out of Christmas decorating, I had enough ornaments for 3 large trees. So these "requests" were easily granted, and my nieces had a large selection of ornaments to choose from. I decided to make this a family event and had my brother's children join the fun. I figured, let's celebrate early with the kids and then have a quiet, peaceful Christmas week with the rest of my family.
Some lessons I quickly learned when decorating with 2 six-year old girls and 1 independent toddler:
- Give kids under the age of 10 shatterproof ornaments only. Most of my ornaments are glass and very delicate. I thought that the six year olds could handle them carefully, which they tried their best to, but they're also a little uncoordinated and like to cluster a bunch of ornaments on one branch until all the ornaments fall. My toddler niece was the only one who didn't break anything because she was given shatterproof ornaments that I purchased just for her.
- Have a nice glass of wine before decorating a tree with kids. I can't tell you how traumatic it was to listen repeatedly to shattering glass, particularly since some of the ornaments broken were those that I had collected during my travels. I had to take deep breaths constantly.
- What you give to one, you must give to the other. If the broken ornaments weren't enough, try listening to two girls arguing over who got to put up what. I had to separate the ornaments into two equal piles to get a little peace.
- Take a nice, long nap to recover. Who knew decorating a tree could be so exhausting?
The finished tree:
The other tree:
The Christmas quilts I made for the occasion:
Hope your holiday season is fun and stress-free! :)