The Children's Tree

Monday, December 04, 2006

Posted by Anonymous

One thing that really matters to children is having the chance to participate in getting ready for big events. Tiniest Tiffin loves decorating the tree, but it's so early we can't really bring ourselves to buy a lovely, expensive tree that we know is going to dry out and become a fire hazard well before December 25th.

Our compromise? We let him choose a very small tree to beautify for all of us. He decorated it with small woodland animal ornaments and put an angel near them to keep watch, added two glamorous bulbs, and a Santa on the top.

To help him manage his excitement, we put something fun under this tree: a stack of 24 (now though, we're down to 20) holiday books, books we've had for a long time, having collected them for years. He and his brothers wrapped these books up like presents, which gave them practice with scissors and tape. Every evening, we've been choosing, unwrapping and reading one book. As the stack under the children's tree gets smaller, it reminds us of how close we are to the Big Day. And even though the books are ones we know well, this doesn't seem to have diminished anyone's pleasure in either the wrapping or the unwrapping. (And don't despair: If you don't have 24 holiday books, there's no reason you can't use library books you've borrowed for the duration of the season, or even books that are favorites, and have no connection to the season. This is a tip that also works for counting down to birthdays: you can wrap in colorful birthday paper, a week of favorite books to help with that count-down.)

It's going to be a lovely holiday season. I hope your preparations are going well. If you'd like a recipe for yummy spice cookies, I'll be posting one over at the TiffinTin a little later today.

This Post was written by BlogLily from the TiffinTin.


That is a really wonderful idea. I will have to file that away for when I have a kid.

Anonymous said...
December 4, 2006 at 10:56:00 PM GMT+1  

now thats the cutest tree I have seen!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...
December 5, 2006 at 8:32:00 AM GMT+1  

Hello Sara -- It might even work in a house without children! I can imagine wrapping up a few things for someone who's counting down to something significant (leaving a job, a birthday even) and having fun unwrapping a small thing every day until the event. Why should children get to have all the fun??!!

Rooma, You're a sweetheart. The packages of books under the tree, clearly wrapped by children (the corners got neater as they got more into it) are also quite dear.

Anonymous said...
December 5, 2006 at 6:41:00 PM GMT+1  

I loved the tree decorations Lily. Totally cute. Your little family tradition really brought a huge smile on my face. Just wonderful.

Meeta K. Wolff said...
December 5, 2006 at 8:33:00 PM GMT+1  

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