Do babies and Christmas trees go together?

Call me a Scrooge, a Grinch,  the Burgermeister Meisterburger, whatever you want – but I may not put up a Christmas tree this year. The Christmas tree has been a holiday tradition for years and a staple of my Christmas since my first apartment in college. It has always been my favorite part of decorating. It has often been the only decorating I do. And this year, I may not have one.

What would cause me to take a pass on the oldest of holiday traditions? I’ll give you a hint – he’s small, he drools, and he is 10 months old. That’s right,  you guessed it. I may take a pass on the tree because of my son. His new-found mobility and subsequent freedom to roam has turned him into a 20 lb wrecking ball.

As it is he already spends most of his awake time trying to get into the dog’s water and eat the dirt out of the house plants. Adding a 7ft, twinkling tree would be madness. I can’t shake the visions of broken ornaments, needles all over the house and then of course the fear of the tree toppling on the baby (yes I know I can tie it off to something but still).

Babies and trees go together like oil and water. Me getting a tree can certainly only end in disaster. But still I can’t help but think I should get one. Call it tradition, call it the need to conform, call it that special holiday feeling. Readers please feel free to weigh in. Have you skipped the all-important tree when you had little ones or did you roll the dice and go all in.  I may end up doing it anyhow, but in the meantime here are a few pics from trees from my past.

First tree in my first apartment

Silver and Gold – don’t judge me, I lived with all college guys. Be surprised we bothered with the tree at all.

2010 tree

last year’s tree – but will it be the last one ever!

Pat Lemieux

About Pat Lemieux

Pat has it all, family, big old house, dogs, a young son and a quarter-life crisis. He blogs about trying to be who he has always been and be who he now needs to be. He enjoys 90's grunge metal, tasty local brews and the outdoors.