This is our first Christmas with two little ones that can run, scream, grab, yank, kick, pull and probably anything else someone with a black belt can do. Toddlers + a Christmas tree do not mesh well. Or at least that’s what I’ve been told. So, we decorated our tree very quickly and caged it up.
The entire process took an hour and it included a lot of “no no no”, crying, screaming, falling, tree grabbing, ornament breaking, a lot of coffee drinking by me+the hubby, not the babes – at least I don’t think they had any… or did they? That would explain everything! …or they’re just toddlers. So, going back to the hour that it took. I must be clear, this was record time for us. Much longer and we would have a very unhappy tree, prostrate on the ground and the screaming decibels from our tiny shriekers would most likely increase tenfold.
We actually went back and forth between getting a tree or not. Is is really worth it? Will they even care? How are we even suppose to decorate with them running around? Where do we put it in our small home with a toy invasion problem? Well, as you can see we opted for the addition of a tree amongst the toys (toys not pictured as they are perfectly scattered just outside of the perimeter of the photo to your left).
With our coffee buzz and overtired brains, we thought – why not capture this “decorate with toddlers” experience somehow?! A time lapse of us doing just that turned out to be pretty funny and honestly, exactly how it felt. Rushed, busy and kind of crazy ~ Not just our life, but I’m sure how most people feel around the holidays. We are always rushing, greedy, needy, stressed out, thinking about what we want and where to buy that perfect gift, waiting impatiently in lines for “the best deals of the year”, and sometimes forgetting the meaning of Christmas.
Well, in the hustle and bustle of the season and the event that took place between our kitchen and our living room, we managed to enjoy. And I am happy to report that our tiny vulnerable tree (free from small fierce hands) is nicely snuggled in the middle of gifts and protected by our play yard. >>This is what these circular gates are for!!<< So far so good. We've had it up for almost a week now and it remains intact, with very minimal needles on the ground, happy as a fir tree can be. I retract my statement/question from above… "Will they even care?". I've decided that our girls do care. They see the tree lit in the dark at night and every morning and still act as if they've seen it for the first time. Big eyed girls, in awe, so giggly and happy to be in it's presence. Sounds like my two tots probably grasp the meaning of Christmas more than most of us.
From our family to yours, Enjoy!