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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Growing up, my mom, sister and I would decorate the house for Christmas. And when I say decorate, I mean DECORATE! The day after Thanksgiving, we would dig into two wooden chests full of Christmas decorations and ask my dad to drag the rest of the boxes out of the garage. There was plenty of holiday decorating happening. My Mom, sister and I would spend hours hemming and hawing over what went where, and where the Christmas tree would go that year. My dad would generally escape the mayhem and go string lights on the outside of the house (smart man). Those were different times and every holiday decorating detail was our priority.
Now that I have kids of my own, I want them to enjoy the excitement of decorating the house for Christmas. Safety comes first and when I get the kids involved I find a balance between safe and fun. I hope this blog post helps you find that balance too.I’ll be sharing safety tips for holiday candle use, Christmas trees, decorations, holiday lights and fireplace use.
My husband and I have taught our son to look, not touch. For a toddler, he does pretty well at this.
Keep candles away from decorations, wrapping paper, the Christmas tree and other houseplants. Candles should be placed high enough so they don’t get knocked over. This is especially important when you have little kids in the house! Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of kids too.Holiday Decoration SafetyHoliday decorations are very colorful and festive. For example, fake snow may seem real for a child, which he may try to eat. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind while decorating your home:
I love seeing the houses dressed in holiday lights! As pretty and rewarding as the outcome is, safety should always be a priority. Here are some tips to help.
A mug of hot chocolate in front of a crackling fire sounds like the holidays to me! Just be sure there is a screen in front of the fireplace at all times to protect your kids (and yourself) from burns. Wrapping paper and evergreen boughs should not be burned in a fireplace because it can result in a fire getting out of control and jumping out of the fireplace. Don’t forget to remove all decorations from the mantle before lighting the fire, so that the fire stays contained inside the fireplace!
Create an emergency plan in case of fire or other disaster. It helps to practice the plan. This is good advice for any time of year, not just the holidays. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Injury Prevention Program has helpful tips for the holidays and emergency preparedness. The holidays are a special time of year. It is when everyone focuses on family, friends and what matters most to us. We get our kids involved and teach them about generosity, gratitude, what it means to be a family and we reflect on the past year as well as the year to come. So, roll up your sleeves, get creative with your kids and decorate to your heart’s content!
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, I want to wish you a Happy Holidays from my family to yours!