Christmas decorating is one of the highlights of the season for me. Planning the theme, pulling out the tree, and spending a weekend bringing in the Christmas spirit brings me so much excitement. My excitement, however, is NOTHING compared to that of my 5 and 3 years old! Now that they are older and insist on having their own Christmas tree and decorating it with mommy.
Over the years, as my children have grown, I’ve had to find a kid-friendly way to decorate my home for the holidays but this year I wanted them to feel included in the decorating process.
SELECTING THE RIGHT KIDS’ CHRISTMAS TREE
In a world with two little ones, going with an artificial tree is the way to go. Choosing to display an artificial tree means less of a mess my kids can get into. Artificial trees are great for kid-friendly decorating because they have less set-up and continual care. This makes it my top choice for a kids’ Christmas tree.
Their main Christmas tree went up in the playroom. I bought a 5 ft. full-shaped artificial Christmas tree. It’s the perfect width for the space but I felt it needed to be a little higher. To do this, I inserted the base of the tree into a one of their toy basket and the base stayed secured halfway in between. This added a foot to the height of the tree.
KID-PROOF THEIR CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
There are tons of gorgeous kid-friendly ornaments to choose from during the holiday season. Some are beautiful in the colors and sparkle, others can carry sentimental value.
I purchased felt ornaments and plastic ornaments in their favorite characters like Paw Patrol, Mickey and Minnie mouse, a unicorn, a ballerina and much more. My oldest mostly did the selection of these ornaments but I’m so happy to start their own Christmas ornament collection. I’m also looking forward to adding DIY Christmas ornaments to their collection as they grow.
In addition to their ornaments, I purchased felt colorful pom pom garlands. I love how the colors pop on their tree from all directions. This is also a great DIY Christmas tree decoration that you can make with your little ones or for themed Christmas trees. I also used the pom pom garlands to decorate other “kid spaces” in my home.
What Christmas crafts do you make with your kids or made when they were younger? Let me know in the comments below!
Not pictured here, but I also purchased two Christmas photo ornaments to add my kids’ photos to the tree. I plan to keep this Christmas tradition and do it every year.
DECORATING A TREE ALL OWN THEIR OWN
My children love helping me to decorate the Christmas tree and watching them decorate their own tree made me smile. Their conversation between each other on where was the best place to put the ornaments brought joy to my heart . Decorating as a family allows my kids to really show their personalities and encourage their own creativity.
My son added some of the ornaments to the tree with my assistance but his favorite ornaments, the Paw Patrol collection, was by his side all the time. It stayed on the Christmas tree for probably five minutes before it was officially a toy to play with, haha.
I’m completely fine with him not having much interest in decorating the tree but I hope as he gets older he will be as involved in decorating as his sister is. She is always excited, ready to hang the ornaments and make sure the ornaments are arranged equally around the Christmas tree. I’m always impressed. Definitely a proud mom over here!
KIDS’ CHRISTMAS ARTWORK AS HOLIDAY DECOR
I always love framing my kids artwork and using them to create gallery walls. My kids are so excited when they see their art creation on the walls. For Christmas, I added some of their Christmas artwork to the gallery wall in their playroom.
Don’t you love these bottles trees? They are cute, kid-friendly Christmas decor great for styling open shelving and table surfaces in your kids’ spaces. They can be found in different colors for any Christmas decor theme.
Another kid -friendly decorating option not to be overlooked is the wreath. Whether you decide to use a simple wreath with just greenery or one with all the bells and whistles, a wreath is a great way to decorate kids’ spaces.
FUN KIDS CHRISTMAS DECOR
I found this brown Santa face advent calendar at Target and I had to get it. I love it on the wall in their playroom and it is also a great activity for the kids to countdown to Christmas.
I also add treats to the advent calendar every night for them to look forward to the next day. I do this every night, because my youngest will eat all the treats at once.. haha!
CHRISTMAS DECORATING WITH GIFTS
After the kids have decorated their Christmas tree, I finish off their tree with gifts underneath it. You know “mommy” had to add the final touches to the tree. I like to use colorful gift wrapping sheets and bows for a cohesive look with their Christmas tree.
DON’T FORGET SANTA’S COOKIES AND MILK
…and we could not forget about Santa while decorating the Christmas tree. We bake some gingerbread cookies and pour some milk in a bottle for him. Santa will surely be glad he visited us and maybe drop some extra gifts!
Well…these are just a few kid-friendly Christmas decorating ideas for your kids’ spaces. I hope that these ideas are able to help you create family memories with your little ones during the Christmas season as well.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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