Oh, Christmas Tree…

Every year, I envision the perfect Christmas tree decorating experience.  Christmas music is playing, we have hot cocoa and cookies, and the kids and I are happily decorating the tree together.

Here’s what really happens…

I lay out all the ornaments–by year–for each person to make sure that none are missing.  Then, I give the kids a few ornaments to hang–the ones that aren’t breakable and that go on the bottom–while I hang all the “special” ones, so that they won’t get broken.  Of course, the kids end up disappointed that they can’t hang their special ornaments, want to hang theirs on the top branches, and I end up rearranging the whole thing so it looks perfect.

THIS YEAR WILL BE DIFFERENT!  I thought to myself.  🙂  We bought a small tree–a 5 footer.  Even Josyan could reach the top branches.  I left my 35 years of ornaments & the special glass ones from my Mom & Dad’s first Christmas packed away and pulled out all the kids’ ornaments.  I didn’t even check to make sure they were all there!  And I let them go to town.  They did a great job, and I actually had fun this year–even without the cocoa & cookies & Christmas music!

Letting go of my own perfectionist tendencies worked out pretty well for me…and, more importantly, for my kids.  Now we have a fun holiday memory, and they are super proud of the tree they decorated all by themselves!

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