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To Tree Or Not To Tree.

Fun alternatives to the traditional tree.

Holiday decorating is one of my most favorite activities...until I had a toddler.

My toddler is an explorer, a pioneer of his surroundings, and even with his gentlest touch, he seems to leave piles of crumbs and legos in his wake. I don't want to discourage his natural inclination to examine everything, but I also want him to be safe. Even while in the same room, my tiny Houdini manages to lose, break, and reach for items in a blink.

So every year, we have to reevaluate what decorations, if any, should live in our house for the season based on my son’s height and new acrobatic skills. A Christmas tree is always our biggest concern. They can be climbed, pulled down, and of course bare treacherous terrain with broken bulbs and sharp-edged ornaments.

Fortunately for us, the internet is full of creative designers and DIYers that share their fabulous alternatives to a traditional tree. So if you are also worried about your cat and/or toddler climbing the Tannenbaum, check out these pine pin alternatives:

Photos Wall Tree

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Fabric Tree Wall Hanging

christmas tree alternatives

Tree Cutout with White Lights

christmas tree alternative

Decorative Bulbs Window Decor

christmas tree alternative

Wooden Tree Ladder

christmas tree alternative

Small Potted Pines

christmas tree alternative

Snowflake Wall Tree

christmas tree alternative

Cute Minimalist Tree

And if you do decide to brave the traditional tree, remember to secure it to the wall and add only soft and non-breakable decorations.

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*If you have any concerns about your child, please discuss with their pediatrician or contact your local school district or Early Intervention center for an evaluation.*

Rielly is a part-time writer and full-time mama to an adorable autistic toddler. Her favorite hobbies include naptime, drinking coffee, and trips to Target. Follow her online @riellygrey.

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