This week’s #romancingthehome challenge was decorating for the holidays. Now, I love Christmas (even though it is summer time for us) and I love Christmas decor. I can’t get enough of it. Drives my husband nuts 😂. He should be grateful that our major retailers seem to be rather lacking in that department, because I could seriously get carried away! Anyhoo, back to the topic at hand – decorating for the holidays… This year is the first year that I have decorated the kids’ rooms and I’m so glad that I did! I don’t know why I haven’t done it sooner!
To be clear, when I say I decorated them, what I really mean is that I gave them trees and a choice of ornaments and they went to town!
My reasons for letting my kids have their own trees:
- They can decorate their trees with what they find beautiful. It doesn’t have to match. It doesn’t even have to be a Christmas decoration to be included! If it goes with their aesthetic, it goes on the tree. Simple!
- They both have very clear ideas about what needs to go on the tree (as does their mother 😉), so it prevented arguments. Thank goodness they didn’t argue over the same ornament! I will count myself lucky.
- Christmas trees are pretty and sparkly and make perfect night lights.
- Even though they each had a tree in their own room, we managed to have some beautiful bonding time with each other, just chatting and catching up. I don’t take that for granted.
- Mommy gets her own tree. With her own decorations that suit her own aesthetic. Yay me! haha
My tips for kids tree decorating:
- It doesn’t have to be expensive. My daughter’s tree was a cheapie from Pick ‘n Pay and her ornaments were from a questionable purple and blue themed Christmas from a good 5 years ago. My son’s tree was given to us by my in-laws, because they got themselves a new one. He just grabbed random ornaments that I had lying around to put on it.
- Let them exercise their creativity and use what they want; even if the combination of red, green, purple and pink makes you want to cringe.
- Only help them or give suggestions when they ask for it – my son just handed me random things and demanded that I place these items on his tree. My daughter on the other hand did the whole thing herself, only asking me for help with the lights.
My kids love their trees and I personally think that it just adds to the build up and excitement of Christmas time.
This is definitely a new tradition that I will encourage for as long as possible (she says hoping that she has a good few years before moody teenagedom and “mom, that is just so not cool” kicks in 🤞).
Do you decorate your kids’ rooms for Christmas, or am I just too OTT?
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