At what age do you let your child help decorate the Christmas tree??

Sheila - posted on 12/02/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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My husband and I did the Christmas tree when my 2 year old was asleep. It took us 2 hours and felt it best to do it when she wasn't around as she can get quite impatient at times.

My mother-in-law wants Zoe to do the tree with me at the weekend and I would rather do it at night again so I can get it done.

I would be happy for my little one to help if I could guarentee she wasn't going to have a strop! Sx

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Raye - posted on 11/06/2015

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For very small kids, you can decorate most of the tree when the child is sleeping, if that puts you more at peace. But you should let the child have a few ornaments to put on themselves near the bottom of the tree where they can reach. Make sure anything breakable is put higher so they can't destroy it or get hurt from broken glass or anything.

Pamela, instead of resurrecting posts from 6 years ago, next time you should create a new post for your question.

Kate CP - posted on 12/06/2009

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I think 2 is too young, personally. Your LO is too impatient and will probably get bored within five minutes. Then you have a bored toddler and a tree to decorate! I'd wait another year.

Kerry - posted on 12/06/2009

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i have a 7 month old and we got him involved even though he dint get any ov it he helped put the angel on top ov the tree.lol

Lane - posted on 12/03/2009

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My husband and I have a 3 year old little boy and 7 month old little girl. When Brody was two we would put up all the lights, decorations and ornaments that were not his. We would set aside his ornaments he had gotten from birth and let him put them wherever he wanted on the tree. We played Christmas music and he enjoyed it so much. Make it fun and if you don't like the place where she put it change it when she is down again at her nap.

Jessica - posted on 12/02/2009

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well i suggest maybe putting the tree up at night and when she wakes up in the morning tell her santa has come through the night and put up the tree but has left her some things to put on aswell so she still gets to help a little also maybe leave the star/angel for the top so she can do that

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we put ours up last night & our 8 month old loved rolling the baubles around on the floor. Touching the tinsel was so funny watching her expressions. It was so much fun!!!!!
You will know whats right for u n ur family

Kelly - posted on 12/02/2009

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Get some of the non-breakable christmas balls and tell her do the bottom of the tree. I let my 18 month old and his 3 year sister decorate the bottom, you can see how high she can reach, just make it in to a game from her. anything that you want to keep put very high. I hope this helps

Marci - posted on 12/02/2009

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Last chirstmas, I decorated the tree when My son 2 1/2 was sleeping, I figured if he didn't see me put the decorations on the tree, he wouldn't know they came off. LOL!!! Who was I Kidding. He figured it out soon enough, and so did my dog! This year I'm going to get him to help. Your the mom, you decide!

Shelagh - posted on 12/02/2009

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I didn't know we had a choice!! We always decorate as a family - our first family Christmas my daughter was 3 months, so just watched the sparkly lights, but by the following year she was up for getting in there with the tinsel. Just watch for things going in mouths, and also watch for them pulling the tree over. To be honest, the cat's more of a problem than the kids ever were! Even last year, my partner's youngest (aged 19) was arriving on 23rd Dec and begged us not to put the tree up before she got there, as she wanted to be involved.

Put some cheesy Christmas CD's on, involve the whole family, and don't worry if the end result isn't perfect. The kids won't notice, or care, and that's what it's all about, surely?

Michelle - posted on 12/02/2009

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My daughter is 11 months old and she "helped" me this year. I use plastice bulbs (we have a cat who bats them around) so it wasen't really an issue. Our tree is a pre-lit so there were no lights to worry about and I did the garland, she more so just played with the decorations, but that's not the point. We always helped my parents put the tree up when we were younger, so I want my daughter to have the same experience. It is her Christmas tree too afterall:o)

Betsy - posted on 12/02/2009

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We do it as a family, with everyone joining in from birth. With babies, we hold them and let them look and "help." It's family tradition, so we want all the family members included.

SHELEISHA - posted on 12/02/2009

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I AGREE WITH EVERYONE THAT SAYS THAT THEY DO IT AS A FAMILY. I HAVE THREE CHILDREN, AGES 7, 10 AND 11. WE HAVE ALWAYS DECORATED THE TREE TOGETHER. I LET THEM HELP ME AS SOON AS THEY BEGAN TO WALK. I STARTED WITH MY 11 YEAR OLD, OF COURSE AND WHAT I DID WAS GAVE HIM THE CANDY CANES AND SHOWED HIM HOW TO HANG THEM. EVERYTIME THAT HE HUNG ONE I CLAPPED AND TOLD HIM THAT HE DID A GREAT JOB. ONCE WE FINISHED WITH ALL OF THE CANDY CANES, I LET HIM HAVE ONE. (THE MICKEY MOUSE ONES ARE GREAT BECAUSE THEY GET EXCITED JUST BECAUSE IT'S A "PERSON" FROM TELEVISION AND THEY TASTE MORE LIKE CANDY THAN PEPPERMINT.) IT WORKED SO WELL WITH HIM THAT I DID THE SAME THING WITH MY TWO YOUNGER ONES. NOW THAT THEY'RE OLDER, I GIVE EVERYONE A ROW OF BRANCHES TO HANG AND WHEN WE HANG THE LIGHTS, I PASS THEM AROUND THE TREE AND THE 7 YEAR OLD DOES THE BOTTOM, THE 10 YEAR DOES THE MIDDLE AND THE 11 YEAR OLD HELPS ME WITH THE TOP. I ALSO PLAY CHRISTMAS MUSIC WHILE WE DECORATE THE TREE TO HELP THEM GET IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS. ONCE WE'RE DONE, WE BAKE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES AND EAT THEM AND LAUGH ABOUT THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED WHILE WE DECORATED THE TREE. FOR INSTANCE,THE TIME THAT WE FINISHED THE TREE AND REALIZED THAT IT WAS CROOKED BECAUSE I TRIPPED AND ALMOST KNOCKED IT OVER...LOL!!! GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!!!

Laurie - posted on 12/02/2009

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We did it together my girls are 3 and 5 and they have a blast helping! I let them put the non breakable ones on the tree plus the ones i let them pick out every year that is their own.It is a tradition with us we put Christmas music on and put the ornaments on. They also like going to the store and picking out a new ornament to put on the tree.

Miranda - posted on 12/02/2009

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My daughter helped me last year at 1 1/2. We took a bunch of cheap, old bulbs that cannot break and I let her set them in the tree. This year I gave her anything that I didn't think would break or I didn't care would break and let her put them on the tree. The tree looks kind of funny because there are all these clusters of ornaments around the bottom. She loved telling everybody she helped decorate. On the other hand, it would have of course been easier if she wasn't helping and now she keeps wanting to take the ornaments on and off.

Casey - posted on 12/02/2009

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We always let our son help out with the tree. He's going to be 5 and this was the first year he was really into it. The past years we've given him some non-breakable ornaments and let him put them on the bottom part of the tree. This year he understood how careful he needs to be when putting the ornaments on so we let him help more and we had fun. Its a great tradition to share with your kids and it makes them feel good that they got to help on something special for the holidays.

Kelly - posted on 12/02/2009

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I have always let the kids help, from the time they had an interest. Now that our oldest two are teenagers, we (the four kids and I) always do the tree and decorate the house the day after Thanksgiving, because my husband has to work that day, and we get it all done and the boxes back into the attic before he gets home (he always hated carrying all that stuff up and down stairs, etc). I love watching the kids do the tree; we laughed so hard this year as our youngest (almost 4) kept putting 3 balls together on one limb. Just enjoy these years, such precious memories!! Even if your daughter only helps with a few ornaments and then loses interest, as others said, you can just go do something else until bedtime, then finish it up yourself! The fun part is starting a tradition. When my brothers and I were growing up, even more exciting than decorating the tree, was setting up the Nativity Scene. We took turns being the one who got to unpack it and arrange it in a prominent place. Very important part of preparing for Christmas! Have a wonderful, joyous season with your daughter!

Heidi - posted on 12/02/2009

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As a family every year we decorate the tree together its one of our traditions. Although kids do have there own minds and want to decorate maybe not the way we would like it, but its there creation. What we are going to do this year, is decorate our family tree together, and have a smaller for the kids to decorate on there own exactly how they want to.

Debbie - posted on 12/02/2009

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I couldn't agree more with Jodi! We have always decorated the tree as an entire family, ever since the kids could walk over to the tree w/ an ornament in their hands. Yes, it takes a loooong time to help them put each ornament on the tree at that age, and yes all the ornaments are pretty much on the bottom of the tree, but we will forever cherish those days when our tree was so 'perfect'. I miss those days terribly, and would give anything to have them back. Merry Christmas Everyone! :-)

Melissa - posted on 12/02/2009

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There's no right age. You know your child and her attention span, and her maturity. My son didn't start helping me until he was 5 years old. He never really showed an interest in helping me before. Now he's 7 and loves it. You know best, so if you feel that she will not enjoy it or get into too many things, then wait a year and try then. But you are the best person to answer this question. Happy Holiday's!!

Mandy - posted on 12/02/2009

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We just did our tree, and as much as I wanted my son (2 yrs) to be involved, he just wasn't really into it! He was fascinated with the lights and the fact that there was a tree in our house, but much preferred to watch! He did however, put the star on top. That's been a tradition in my family. But i say whatever works for you, as log as your holidays are merry!!

Jackie - posted on 12/02/2009

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My children have always helped since they could walk. The trick is to do it right before bedtime. Then when they are tired you can send them off to bed and finish up what they couldn't reach and spread out all the decorations they put in one spot.

Mavis - posted on 12/02/2009

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Jodi seems to have it right, let them help, its stressful but fun. You will find that each child has their own favourite bauble and it goes on the tree year after year after year making your own traditions.You could of course just let the little ones put in the Fairy/Star when the decorating was done as you want it. Whatever works for you is fine. Whichever you decide have a great family Christmas.

Sharolett - posted on 12/02/2009

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I have two boys18 months and 6 yrs. Its tradition that every one helps put the tree up. I get it out at nap time straighten and then when the boys are both home we decorate it may not be the best decorated but thats not what counts. We did it as a family. I think its really up to you.

Jodi - posted on 12/02/2009

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We actually have always allowed our little ones to help. It is one of our family traditions, that the whole family participates :) The kids love it, and they really take a great sense of pride from it too. Really, we never cared whether our tree was perfect (because the kids really do make a mess of it, LOL), it was, however, exactly the way we liked it - a family effort.



Now, if only I could get the kids to be just as enthusiastic about helping when it comes time to pack it up........

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