Growing up, my mom always had Christmas tree’s with a hodge podge of ornaments. Some beautiful and fragile, some cheap and ugly, some homemade and sentimental but again, ugly, and 80% were mine, my brother’s, and my sisters. As kids we loved it, of course. We got to have our hand in decorating the tree! The last couple years that I lived at home (since I’m the baby and was the last one there), mom had already given us each our own boxes full of our
junky ornaments and had discovered how lovely it is to have a themed and beautiful tree with matching ornaments. My mom makes the most stunning trees. And so, when Skyler and I got married, I knew I didn’t want a hodge podge tree – I wanted BEAUTIFUL. And then came baby. And I thought, “well, shoot. What am I going to do with all these ornaments that I have and how can he experience decorating a tree like I did?! (without actually decorating MY tree)”.
Starting last year, Zeek got a fake tree to go in his room that HE gets to decorate and use some of my old ornaments for. :) And then this year, the ball just started rolling and we kept on decorating his room with all the random stuff that I have but didn’t use elsewhere. Works perfect for his room and he is just loving his own personal festive space. :)
We created a nativity scene on his toy cabinet:
And here’s his cute little tree all decorated:
My brother and sister in law always give us really adorable ornaments, so those are starting to take over Zeek’s tree (more so than the ones that I had growing up. Which is A-OK with me, because most of mine are either really fragile and special or really dumpy looking after being thrashed for several years.). I love the ornaments they pick out for us and LOVE that they are all soft, lightweight and bright colored! Perfect for a kids’ tree!
Zeek’s grandma got him an embroidered stocking (she’s done this for all of her kids, myself and all of the grandkids now!) at his first Christmas (Asher will get one soon!), so I hung it over his bed.
I saw this idea where you wrap up 24 books and each night your kid can select one to unwrap and read. I also saw this list of really good children’s Christmas books and have put them on hold at the library. It looks like while I was in Texas they all came flooding in and are now waiting for me to pick up, so we’ve got to make it down to the library today to pick them up and then I’ll have many more books wrapped in this tub. :) In the meanwhile, I just searched through all of Zeek’s books and found any and all winter or Christmas themed ones (and even a couple current library books that we have are winter/Christmas themed) and wrapped those up. I’m wrapping more than 24 though because some days he gets too excited and will bring me an unwrapped book at lunch time. And then another unwrapped book after nap time. :) I don’t mind and I know he gets a kick out of it. I think this is one of our favorite new Christmas traditions!
This penguin night light was given to me by my mother in law and Zeek has come across is probably 5 times since summer-time (I don’t know how and where it keeps popping up!) and has BEGGGGGGED to let him have it in his room each time he found it. FINALLY the time has come where it’s seasonally appropriate and he couldn’t be any more ecstatic. :)
And finally – this little snowman star was something I picked up at the Dollar Tree a few years ago and had intentions of painting…and clearly never did. But it’s a good thing – because Zeek loves this little guy!
And there you go. The Christmas Festivities that are taking place in Zeek’s room. :) Do you let your kids have Christmas decorations or their own little tree? I had to fight Skyler pretty hard about it originally last year – he thought I was living out my childhood fantasies of having my own little tree through Zeek. But turns out Zeek is just as ecstatic about it as I was, so I ended up winning the argument. Clearly. ;)