And don't hate me for saying this, but the little tin-foil-covered-cardboard-then-scribbled-on ornaments that the kids made at some Mom's Day Out program when they were 3ish, are neither meaningful to me nor are they beautiful. The kid doesn't remember making it, and frankly if it didn't have the name and year on the back, he or she would not even know that those ornaments were here because of him/her.
So I decided to make a new plan. I didn't throw anything away, I just sorted the ornaments according to how much I enjoy seeing them on the tree.
- back of the tree
- sides of the tree
- front and center
...So fast forward to this year during Forced Family Fun night when I handed each kid a box and told them where the ornaments were to be hung....
(This is starting to sound like I have too much time on my hands, isn't it? Look, I had to take down the tree either way, and since no one was helping, I had plenty of time to think about it.)
It didn't take long for them to figure out what was going on.
It quickly became a contest to see who had the most ornaments in the back of the tree box, complete with (good natured) taunting and counting.
At least they stopped complaining about how long Family Night was taking.
And the tree looks pretty good.
It's a good thing I didn't break out the box of ornaments that didn't actually make it on the tree at all. I'm pretty sure the taunting would have gone to a whole new level.