This year your little girl may want to decorate her own room for Christmas. While this might not be the best idea you’ve heard, is it the worst? You don’t want her putting your priceless, breakable, heir loom ornaments on the Christmas tree. Maybe giving her her own Christmas tree for her to decorate will not only keep her busy and entertained but also give her a sense of accomplishment. She will love her own tree! You do need to let her know it’s completely hers and you won’t be doing her Christmas tree you will only help. Set some ground rules and expectations as well.
Picking out the Tree
The first thing to do is to take your daughter shopping to pick out her Christmas tree. You can probably do this faster if you go by yourself and leave your daughter at home, but if you want to give her the whole experience of having her own tree you should take her with you. She will feel the Christmas tree is truly hers. Be sure to set guide lines before going shopping and tell her you have the final say. The guidelines should include price, size, express you will only help, and whatever else you might want or not want for your daughter’s Christmas tree. Do not let your daughter buy a bigger tree than what she can put all the decorations on. If she gets overwhelmed her tree will become your project. Make sure your daughter is mature enough and responsible enough to be able to handle a Christmas tree decorating project without giving up early. If she does it will just cause problems for both of you and you don’t need any more stress during the holiday season. After you choose the Christmas tree get some decorations or materials for your daughter to make her Christmas tree decorations.
Picking out Decorations
Before you ever go to the store to buy the Christmas tree, include decorations in your guidelines. Unless your daughter is a responsible teen with out friends going into her room, I suggest the decorations for the Christmas tree should be non-breakable. Even if your daughter is extremely careful, over the holidays family and friends will be sure to look at her Christmas tree and accidents do happen. Besides, non-breakable decorations will be less stressful for you. You won’t have to keep reminding everyone to be careful. If your daughter is looking to be busy and you’re looking for something for her to do, I suggest you suggest she make her Christmas decorations. Making her Christmas tree decorations will keep her busy providing hours of entertainment for her. I suggest you offer to help or maybe she will want to have someone else help her make her Christmas tree decorations. You may want to help your daughter set up the tree. She will probably need help fluffing branches and sticking the branches and ask her if she wants you to help her set it up. If she says no don’t push. Give her the freedom to find out if she needs help.
Decorating the Christmas tree
Your daughter should be able to decorate the tree herself. After all, that was the reason for buying her her own Christmas tree was so she could decorate it. She may enjoy you helping if she asks you for help. Just remember even though it’s her Christmas tree she will probably want to spend time with you. Let her make the decorations and then only help when she needs it setting up the tree and decorating it.
After you are done with the tree your daughter may want other decorations in her bedroom. Depending on your daughter’s age and maturity level you can determine what Christmas decorations you let your daughter use. She should be able to put up plastic icicles or drape construction paper rings linked together around her room. She can also make or buy a wreath to hang. You also probably have window clings and unbreakable décor she could put out. You might even buy her snow to spray on her window to make a wintry holiday scene. Take her wants into consideration but remember you are the adult and you do have the final say. Enjoy decorating your house while your daughter decorates her room.