OH CHRISTMAS TREE
This past week we decorated our Christmas tree. I actually debated doing a tree this year, as I knew Dylan would wreak havoc on it, but I am so glad I did. My 8 (almost 9) month old son has figured out that if he lays on his back, he can use his feet to pull a branch down while still having his hands free to shake it! I wasn't even annoyed in the moment, because I was so impressed! I think he may take after his handy-man-engineer Daddy. I will note I have since fenced off the tree and also anchored the tree to the wall. Next year I plan on buying some toddler-friendly ornaments for the bottom and practice the word "gentle."
Seeing the twinkle in his eyes as he takes in the wonder of the holiday season far outweighs any pleasure I would take from a "perfect" tree and holiday home. Christmas is about celebrating Christ's birth with family and friends. In the words of the reformed Grinch from Dr. Seuss' book:
Pictured below are my favourite holiday ornaments which are the ones from my childhood. See Santa with a missing limb? These aren't my fashionable ornaments, but I love the nostalgic memories of Christmas past they evoke (even if they are scraped and scuffed).
Here is the finished result! I can't wait to see how our tree evolves over the years as our family does.