Christmas Tree Vs. the Toddler

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In this corner, Douglas Fir the Christmas Tree, reigning world champion. And in this corner, Seth the Toddler! Who will win tonight’s competition?

It’s that time of the year again and my little baby is growing up. He’s not one to just stare up at the lights that adorn our Christmas tree anymore. Oh, no. He must not make it that easy. It’s him versus the tree this year.

Now that he is almost 2, my son has taken advantage of his learning abilities. Noticing things, pointing to them, trying to say what they are, exploring and, of course, picking everything up. Well, we have presented a slew of new, shiny objects for him to figure out. It’s a whole new play land in the living room now, and I don’t think the Christmas tree stands a chance against him this year.

Within the first few minutes of him seeing the tree completed — which my 5-year-old daughter and I decorated while he slept — he has taken nearly every ornament off the branches that are within his reach. He even tried to pull all the lights off. He is beating the tree up!

However, he is also learning. The last time he saw such a wonder, he was too small to comprehend what was going on. This year, he is bound and determined to figure out why Mommy and Daddy put a tree in the house and put all kinds of pretty, little things on it. So, each time he takes an ornament off, I tell him that we don’t play with those and to put it back. His attempt to put the ornaments back on is actually quite cute because he just shoves it right to the trunk of the tree! LOL! This is where his big sister comes in and helps — but I have to be careful that she doesn’t just jump right in and take it away from him without allowing him to first attempt to put it back.

Of course, we only put plastic ornaments or non-breakable ones on the bottom branches anyway because of our dogs’ tails. So he can’t actually hurt himself if he throws an ornament across the room instead of putting it back on the tree.

His face every morning is so precious! He comes into the living room and stares in awe at the tree. Then he points at it and chatters in his own language at the tree. The poor tree stands there defenseless and takes the slam talk. I believe it will be a few more days — HOPEFULLY — before Seth learns that he is not supposed to torment the tree.

Kiera Ashford is associate editor of Nashville Parent and mother of two rambunctious kids and a new baby!

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