We got a Christmas tree!
It’s been several years since Matt and I have had a real tree in our home, and out of the four Christmases we’ve had together, we have never had a tree with both lights and ornaments. So this year is a big deal!
Adelaide and I picked out our tree at Fred Meyer (I know, no points for authentic “Northwest” experiences…OH WELL!) and then Matt and I set up and decorated it that night, after Adelaide went to bed.
Our tree decorating experience was accompanied by Christmas music and the BEST hot cocoa I’ve ever tasted. It was fantastic!
Christmas trees and toddlers are like magnets! We’ve tried our tree in three locations. The first was in the dining room and by the time we got the gate far enough away from the tree so as to prevent tiny toddler hands from swiping ornaments there was no room left to walk around the table!
The second location was in the living room, between the two couches. The idea here was that only one side of the tree would be out in the open, and we could pull the gate out far enough so that Adelaide couldn’t reach the tree, but our walkways wouldn’t be obstructed.
Well, she bested us here too, by climbing the couches and leaning way out over the gate trying to reach ornaments. *SIGH* Before we had any injuries from falls, we moved the tree yet again.
The third location, while not very traditional, is probably the most effective at preventing toddler-tree interaction. Matt attached three sections of the gate to the wall on either side of our entry way, and the tree was placed behind the gate, completely unreachable by Adelaide.
Don’t worry, though. Come Christmas Eve the tree will be moved to it’s rightful position in the middle of the living room, near the fireplace, so Santa won’t have to hop over any baby gates to deliver his gifts. I don’t want to be the family that caused Santa to break a hip!!