Children add so much magic to the holiday season. Celebrations become so much more joyful with little happy faces, inquisitive questions and positive energy.
Decorating for the holidays with kids, on the other hand, is tough. Dr. LeAnn Kridelbaugh, president and Chief Medical Officer of Children's Health Pediatric Group in Dallas, Texas, told us that there are more than 250 injuries a day [during the holiday season] that require an emergency room visit."
But don't worry, mama—we've rounded up some gorgeous (and easy) ways to infuse holiday festiveness into your home that will let you embrace the joy, instead of the stress.
Here are 10 kid-friendly ways to decorate for the holidays:
1. Put the tree on the wall.
This is a perfect (and gorgeous) solution if you are worried about your little one toppling the tree over.
2. Give them a childproof felt tree
A felt tree of their very own is awesome if your little one wants to get in on the tree-decorating action.
3. Think outside the tree-box
At first thought, the idea of skipping the tree altogether certainly sounds rather Grinch-like, but look how festive this designer made her home with some simple greens and wreaths!
4. Holiday bedding
Holiday themed bedding transforms a bedroom into a cozy, festive dreamland instantaneously—breakable ornaments and figurines not needed.
Psst: Need this bedding in your life? Find it here!
5. Make it smell like the holidays
Love the scents of the holidays, but not wild about the idea of open-flamed candles in reach of the kiddos? Poke some whole cloves (sold in the spice section of the supermarket) into an orange, and before you know it your home will smell like holiday-perfection.
Psst: This makes a great kid project as well!
6. Rethink where you hang the stockings
"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care..." but then the toddler pulled on them and the stocking and the five-pound stocking holder came crashing down... I don't think that's how the poem goes.
Skip the stocking drama and use a branch on the wall instead of the mantle.
7. Put lights in a jar
The beauty of lights is diminished by the threat of kids wrapping themselves up in the cords. The mama behind the Making Lemonade blog came up with the perfect solution. Place some battery-operated fairy lights in mason jars for all of the beauty with none of the fuss.
8. DIY kid friendly ornaments
Plastic ornaments will be your friends for the next few years, but that doesn't mean you have to skimp on style. Look how GORGEOUS theses DIY creations are!
9. Swap out candles
There are a lot of kid friendly menorahs out there that will allow your child to celebrate the festival of lights, without the worry of knocking all the lights over!
We're obsessed with this menorah from Pottery Barn Kids.
10. Add festive pillows
Pillows are about as soft as they come and can add so much to a room's décor!
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