Christmas Tree

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prynn's picture
Joined: 08/18/09
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Christmas Tree

Soooooo.... I'm at a loss over what to do with the Christmas tree. To have one or not, I mean. I love Christmas and decorating for it, but with my lil' daredevil... I'm not sure if I should even put one up. Last year I did a small table tree and she spent every minute of everyday going after it in her walker. Luckily it was juuuust out of her reach then.

I was thinking of putting up the regular one again, but getting a gate to go around it. But that almost seems cruel (and she'll just be trying to scale the gate all the time). There's not really a room I can close off... I just don't know.

Thoughts?? Am I over-thinking again? LOL

ash0110's picture
Joined: 03/22/07
Posts: 393

That's a toughie. We have had one every year since having kids. I refuse to not put one up cause of curious little munchkins. I will be putting ours up after thanksgiving. I just keep the breakable ornaments out of reach, towards the top of the tree. I am sure Nathan will get into it. Heck, I am sure the older two will try messing with it too. Not too worried about the older boys, they know better. I am sure I will have to get on Nathan about it a couple times, but it will be worth. I love Christmas time!

iluvmygemini's picture
Joined: 09/02/08
Posts: 1393

i know my little stinker will be all in the xmas tree this year, but we are still putting one up! i love christmas and i LOVE putting up a tree. ive already been begging DH to put it up but he says we have to wait to thanksgiving! (we always put it up on then!) Ryan was so awesome about the tree last year, he would plug it in when we woke up and unplug it before bed. so cute! i actually have him on camera saying "twees unpugged!" Smile I hope Kylee doesnt mess with ours too much (or open the presents)

natesangel's picture
Joined: 07/26/08
Posts: 1419

def putting one up again this year. it's the cats that we've always had a problem with! they seem to like to climb the tree and knock it over (they've broken three while we were sleeping over the years!) as for jade, hopefully we wont have a problem this year but we're going to repeat last years, put table in playpen, put tree on table with non breakable ornaments

although this year i think i'll put the red sheet around the base instead of directly under the tree so when she tries to pull it only pulls the sheet out.

Joined: 07/03/09
Posts: 309

we have a gate that turns into a play yard and last year we used that around the tree, I hated the way it looked but having 9mth old and 2.5yr old at the time made it near impossible for me to leave the tree unguarded. BUT last year Jack stayed away from the wood stove and this year I'm not sure that Daisy will so we have to keep it where it is, around the woodstove.

So looks like I'm open tree'ing it this year. We won't put presents under until a week before Christmas and I'll make sure the breakables are up high :thumbsup: We usually get our real tree on or around Dec 1rst. We use miracle grow in the water and it lasts.

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Joined: 04/18/05
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I know lots of folks that do gates and that seems to help a ton!!

We do the "fear of God" approach. My oldest was curious of course but she knew better than to touch it, pull on it, etc... She was allowed to play near it, be around it, etc...but NO TOUCHING. Hoping the same works with my youngest. Only time will tell I guess. The reason we do it this way is b/c if we put everything out of reach that is fine, but others (my parents, friends, etc) do not and we visit lots of people this time of year. I have the same approach to child proofing my house. I cover outlet, make sure that they can't "hurt" themselves but there is stuff everywhere in my house b/c I know others have stuff in theirs. We try to teach them that certain things we just don't touch.

I'm looking forward to putting everything up this year!! I might start pulling stuff down tonight!!

Joined: 07/03/09
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"~MC~" wrote:

The reason we do it this way is b/c if we put everything out of reach that is fine, but others (my parents, friends, etc) do not and we visit lots of people this time of year. I have the same approach to child proofing my house. I cover outlet, make sure that they can't "hurt" themselves but there is stuff everywhere in my house b/c I know others have stuff in theirs. We try to teach them that certain things we just don't touch.

ITA I used that approach with my first and it worked like a charm. I think it depends on the child. My second born is a little devil (and i say that lovingly lol) and that approach does not work on him, he's better behaved at other ppl's houses than at home. My 3rd is mischievious but seems to understand a bit earlier than the boys did. Crossing fingers!

(shhhhh i decorated a bit on monday)

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Joined: 06/10/07
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We have a cat that thinks we bring in the tree just so he can climb it...so we have been anchoring our tree to the wall for years. Won't be any different this year. Alison will understand not to touch after a few times of telling her...the cat doesn't seem to understand ever! HAHA!

wobbs's picture
Joined: 05/27/10
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We're not doing a tree this year ... I have told dh that next year and from then on we'll have a tree.