Christmas for toddlers, mayhem for parents...

Ah, Christmas time. Joys for families around the world. For Mason, his first comprehensible Christmas (he was only 2 months old last year). Already, the boy has gotten himself into more trouble with holiday-related items than I care to recall. But it got me thinking just how much stuff goes on the walls and halls that toddlers and new walkers love to tinker with. So with that, I give you three things that have damn-near injured Mason this year!

3. Christmas Ornaments

This year, we had to keep all the breakable ornaments off the tree. It looks bare compared to other years, but it’s for the better. Mason has already plucked some ornaments off the tree and chucked them in various places. Some of these ornaments have small parts attached, and Mason is in the “everything goes through the mouth” stage…yeah.

2. Baby Gate Blocking the Christmas Tree

As soon as the Christmas tree went up, Mason tried to pull the sucker down. To combat this, we put up a baby gate that surrounds the tree on two sides, cornered with the wall. Sure enough, the kid tried to pull the gate down. At least once, he’s pulled so hard he’s taken the gate down on top of him…that’s how strong he is.

1. Stocking Hangers

While Mason hasn’t actually injured himself with these, he almost did once, and it is the biggest threat due to the potential of injury. These objects are metal, weighted hooks that rest upon a mantle, allowing stockings to be hung by the chimney with care. Problem is, Mason can climb right up on the hearth and tug on the stockings! Thankfully, the one time he did, I was right there to stop him. Imagine a 3 or 4 pound square, pointy piece of metal coming down right on a toddler’s 3 or 4 pound fragile skull…inarguably the most dangerous Christmas item Mason has encountered so far this year.

Who knows what other items will make the list…there’s still a week or so let in the holiday season. Mason, please just leave your destruction to your gifts on Christmas morning, please. Thanks, son!

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