Every Christmas season I am like a tiny toddler who found out Santa had just visited their home and gave them the best gifts! Only difference is this kid usually has a glitter gun in hand and you know is a good 25 years older than the usual glee filled toddler fanatic. In years past I had decorated well before thanksgiving because I was pregnant or a new mom and needed the Christmas cheer to overcome my cranky, tired, self! This year I decided I’d avoid the pre thanksgiving; anti-early Christmas harping and wait the so say “appropriate” timing of after the fourth Thursday of November. To my unfortunate circumstance I was sick through thanksgiving and had to wait till Sunday to create a winter wonderland in my home, only a few days late, so lets put the dramatics aside. I like pretty and more classic looking décor so now that my eldest is actually a walking, talking, and sticky handed toddler I am feeling the hurt as she wants to touch everything and make a toy out of beautiful Christmas trinkets.
I know motherhood changes things, and it certainly has changed the way I decorate, the style of my house for sure, which I’ve welcomed, but since last year Audrey wasn’t quite into this touching everything out of reach phase yet, I am definitely seeing a difference this year. Us decorating moms need to put some leashes on the controlling Martha Stewart in us, and note that these traditions are meant to change and grow with our families. Every fiber in me has to hold back the voice inside my head that is screaming, “NO! Don’t touch that!” “ You want to place that ornament there?!” I don’t think moms realize how OCD they in fact are until its time to decorate the Christmas tree with your kids. And yes, I am guilty; I change the placement of them once the kids are fast asleep in their beds! As I take a deep breath every time I see my kids go near my decorations or use them as their newest toy, I encourage other mothers to do the same, so that Christmas embedded in your children’s memories isn’t one of redirection but fond memories and joyful play.
It is important to remember that Christmas is for families and the decorations and festiveness should be shared with your loved ones, especially your children. Despite the breakables, I try to let the OCD in me take a step back and let Audrey touch things, with my supervision, and let her get into the fun of Christmas. It is such a wonderful and happy time of the year that I can not wait to share this with my girls and show them everything Christmas brings, the movies, the lights, the trees, all the décor, and the most important giving to others, family time and family memories.