This year, like every year, I started putting up my Christmas decorations on November 2nd. We are early decorators here in the Lambert household, and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
This year is a bit different for us though because Henry is officially a toddler! While last year he just wanted to stare at all the sparkly lights, this year he wants to pull every ornament down, stick his hand in every Christmas candle, and hide the small Christmas decorations anywhere he can find (including his mouth).
As I was decorating, I found myself telling him “no” a lot. No pulling! No touching that! Gentle! I found myself raising my voice with each and every ornament toppling to the ground. I take great pride in my Christmas decorations, and my type-A self was panicking inside to watch it all crumble. And then it hit me.
Christmas traditions should be for all of us in the family. They aren’t just for the adults. Henry gets to enjoy them too! So, I took to google to look for more family-friendly ways to have us all enjoy this Christmas season together, and I found some great ideas that I think you guys will love just as much as I did! I can’t wait to incorporate these into our Christmas traditions so Henry can enjoy the season just as much as we do.
Here are my 5 Christmas traditions to start with your toddler this year – and none of them will make your house a giant arts and crafts mess, leaving you sweating while your toddler enjoys their “craft” for about five minutes.
I saw these on Pinterest after my own Christmas ornament incident and was immediately hooked. These are just simple felt trees that you stick to your wall and then create velcro ornaments and lights that your toddler can stick and unstick to the tree to their heart’s content!
My little hack is to tie a ribbon to the top of the tree and use a command hook to hang the whole thing on your wall so you don’t have to attach the tree straight to your wall in any way. You can also hang a cute basket next to the tree with a command hook if you want a great place to throw the discarded ornaments so they don’t get lost in your house!
I love this toddler Christmas tradition, because it’s a great way for your little one to be a part of decorating the tree, and they can undecorate and redecorate any time they want!
If you want to DIY this tree,I like this one from the Thats What She Said blog because she includes a template and free files for the decorations! Happy tree-making!
OR, if you don’t want to make this thing and would rather buy one (me raising my hand), here is a great one on Amazon for only $15!