I’ve gotten a few questions via email about how we decorate for Christmas when we have two tiny little terrorists – I mean kiddos – running around our house.
First of all, I was shocked that anyone would assume my sweet angels do anything except sit quietly all day with their hands to themselves, reciting Bible verses.
Isn’t that what your two-year-old little boys do too?
Since sending the kiddos off to the grandparents until the new year is not a viable option… and okay, we kinda love having them around…
Sound good? Let’s get started!
“I love decorating surfaces that kiddos can’t reach (like tall built-ins and a fireplace mantel) with breakable things like vases full of pistachios or green limes. Then you can keep kid-friendly holiday stuff down at their level (like a wooden reindeer, a feather tree, or a bunch of knitted ornaments).”
-Sherry @ Young House Love
“I use museum putty to secure my fragile Christmas items to my shelves and tables. It keeps my porcelain nativity set from getting knocked down when my toddler is going crazy. It works great!”
-Kirsten at 6th Street Design School
“When I first had kids, we worried about how to keep them away from the tree and planned elaborate schemes to put up gates so the kids didn’t pull it down. We soon realized that if they wanted to get to the tree they’d find a way regardless, and gates and electric fences (just kidding) detracted from the beauty. So we gave up and made the tree as ‘kid-proof’ as possible.
Sure, our tree was less than pin-worthy with no lights or ornaments on the lower third but our kids loved it and we didn’t have to barricade the tree behind a gate. That being said, you better believe we used an eye hook to tie that sucker to the wall to prevent any unintended tree-toppling just in case!”
-Carrie at Making Lemonade
My #1 tip is to be aware that little kids LOVE to pull on anything hanging. They can tug on a stocking and pull those metal hangers from the mantel right onto their head. If you use stocking holders, be sure to attach them firmly to your mantel, or use 3M Command hooks to hold the stocking. Try to get down on your child’s level and think about what they will try to do with the decor you are putting out!
-Melissa @ Happier Homemaker
Hang garland (aka strangulation devices, if your kids are crazy like mine) out of reach. Obviously the same goes for fragile ornaments which will inevitably be smashed or used as a weapon (or both), and therefore should be hung toward the top of the Christmas tree. (Can you tell I have boys?).
-Erin @ DIY on the Cheap
Ooh ooh! That’s me! I do have one super important tip. Most artificial Christmas trees contain the toxic chemical PVC and even lead. Some of them are known to shed lead dust into your home. It is outrageous to me that this is allowed, but I think most people don’t stop to check the warning labels on the box when they buy an artificial tree. I have a friend whose child got lead poisoning and the only culprit they could find was the Christmas tree or the light strands, which yeah… are also toxic.
Go with a live tree, or check out this resource for avoiding toxins in artificial trees. (We only buy real trees now because of this!)
Any tips on child-safe holiday decorating? Do you have little ones who do not believe in decorated trees, and must promptly remove any and all ornaments within reach?