How To Decorate A Christmas Tree

I’ve been itching to put out the tree up and get the house festive since mid November, but he insisted it was too early. So today was the day. I would cheer but here’s how the process went:

• Invite family round to enjoy the event (hold the children away from the tree assembly)

• Family leave before actual decoration begins and the children start chewing the tree branches

• Realise we’ve somehow lost our lights and quickly dash out to Tesco to replace them

• Take the neatly packaged lights out of the box and tangle them up instantly wipe sweat from upper lip

• Wish for anyone nearby to just clear off while I untangle these stupid lights. They’re so stupid, I hate them

• Start putting the lights on the tree and redo this process seven times. Because one section is always overpowered with lights

• Say ‘no touching‘ over and over to a handsy child and wonder if they actually understand what I’m saying

• ‘Where have the baubles gone?’ Toddler has emptied the box across the kitchen floor

• Replace each bauble as the baby removes them from the tree

• Say ‘NO TOUCHING‘ a little firmer this time because they clearly didn’t hear last time

• Call the family to gather around the tree and admire, saying ‘there, isn’t that lovely’

• No-one really cares because Paw Patrol has just started, so send pictures to extended family and friends

• Detach cat from inside the tree

• Find rogue baubles hours later scattered around the house

Isn’t it lovely? We’ve agreed it’s looking a little sparse, so next year we will hunt for a slightly larger tree, (not the cheapest one we could find at the time, which was for our first home). Just like our previous home, we’ve outgrown our tree. Lets hope it survives until Christmas!


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  1. December 11, 2015 / 9:42 am

    I can relate to this so much which is why I have turned into a bit of a Christmas tree scrooge. I have decided that this year our tree isn’t going up until the weekend before Christmas (probably the 20th) and it will be coming down well before new year lol. My two little darlings will no doubt pull everything off because they totally don’t get the concept of “don’t touch” and there is only so many times I can be bothered to redecorate it 😉


  2. An imperfect Mum (@animperfectmum)
    December 11, 2015 / 12:10 pm

    This is exactly why I have taken back control of the tree. In a house filled with boys that baby is mine, a domain of girlyness and God help anyone who even thinks about interfering. Only half joking X #effitfriday

  3. December 11, 2015 / 8:17 pm

    I was so excited to decorate the tree this year. We only have a little table top one, but I thought that would be fine as it would keep it away from the baby… Then I got in from work to find OH had put it up and decorated it and the rest of the house himself completely differently to how I would have done it. Cue pretending to be happy about it all season… #effitfriday

  4. December 17, 2015 / 5:53 am

    Haha! Oh ours went this year, Three year old unpacks all decorations. Three year old hangs them all on one branch. Three year old decides that the star at the top of the tree is his and spends the rest of December climbing to try and reclaim his “magical mystery star”

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