Decorating a Child’s Room for Christmas

by blackspanielgallery

Allowing a child to decorate for Christmas with that child's own decorations can add so much for the child.

When I was a child, decorating a child's room for Christmas was important.

I was very young when I first had my own decorations at Christmas. Every year we had a large Christmas tree in the living room, and in order to get the Christmas tree into its stand the bottom branches had to be cut off. One year I was given one of those branches, but it is a little fuzzy whether I asked for it or was given that branch. I was just old enough to not have my little rocking chair in use, so I stood the branch up in the rocking chair. I was given the three Christmas ornaments that were not glass, from the unbreakable ornaments we had. This started my first Christmas decoration. Now, over sixty years later, I still remember this, and it was important.

A More Elaborate Christmas Decoration

Decorating for Christmas Changes Over Time

The small branch sufficed for a few years, but soon we no longer were getting real Christmas trees. The first artificial Christmas trees were making their impact, and we had one. My branch could be no more. So, I upgraded to a small, about three feet tall, sprayed Christmas tree that was being sold by a local supermarket. My three ornaments were not enough, so I managed to get one each of my mom’s new ornament set, a plastic icicle, a plastic star, and a plastic snowflake ornament. She must have gotten a couple of dozen of each type, and they came in blue and in white. I got two blue ornaments, the icicle and the star, and one white snowflake. I added a short string of lights, the kind when one goes out the entire string goes dark, and a tree topper. And I treasured my small decoration every year.

Children May Not Say What Is Important

Decorating for Christmas Made a Difference

I never thought of saying to anyone that this was important, but it certainly was. So, as Christmas approaches, do not assume the elaborate decorations outside, nor the family Christmas tree in the living room or the den, will suffice. Christmas is special for children, and having their own decorations is important. You do not have to spend an additional few hundred dollars, an inexpensive piece or two can do wonders. And, if you can find a small Christmas tree that can be decorated, allowing the child to decorate it alone, no matter how ugly it turns out, can add so much joy to the occasion.

Unbreakable Is the Key

Children do have accidents, and the entire tree might just get tipped over. While this may seem not to be important to your decorating scheme, it can be traumatic to a small child if those special ornaments are broken. I know my ornaments were important. In my case they were even more special than might otherwise be, because they came from my mother. And I am certain they bounced on the ground several times, but they never broke. If one had broken I would have been devastated.

Nativity Set

When I upgraded to a small Christmas tree I added a small Nativity set alongside it.  It is important that children begin to understand the meaning of Christmas.

Decorative Night Lights

I went with my wife into a store, something I do not relish doing, and I spotted what I thought was a very fancy string of lights. I looked closely and found there was no wire between them, instead each plugged in by itself. They were beautiful night lights. Adding one or two of these to a child’s bedroom can be a wonderful start. Of course, if the child is too young to be safe around electricity you might want to handle plugging the night light in yourself.


Special Light Sets

My first light set was made special by replacing three of the bulbs with bubble lights. Back in the fifties that was about as fancy as one could get. Now, light covers are possible, since cooler lights do not build up as much heat as the older ones did. One I like to recommend is the Mickey Mouse light set, or Minnie Mouse if you prefer, but others are also available.  And there are many other kinds of decorative lights available.

There Is a Way

There are an abundant number of Christmas decorations that can be adapted to a child's room.  They are not difficult to find, and often are inexpensive.


For an entire article on wall decals see below.

Wall decals allow decoration of small spaces, can be removed after a season or party, and do not require making holes in walls. Christmas decorations are possible in small spaces.

Grandparent Involving a Child in Christmas Decorating

Perhaps you have a grandchild, or several grandchildren.  It is a simple activity to have the grandchildren help decorating for Christmas.  One ides is to have several inexpensive hanging decorations.  When a grandchild comes over open one for each child, and assist the child in hanging the decoration.  Hanging decorations can be placed in a number of locations, such as from a mantle.  Children take pride in helping, and really enjoy interaction with the adults.  Look at the ideas below and think which would be possible in your home.  Then have the decorations available for the right moment.

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Updated: 10/15/2019, blackspanielgallery
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blackspanielgallery on 10/16/2019

The trees were not artificial, so they were one year trees. My ornaments and lights were separated from the others, but stored together. I would not recommend modern storage bins of plastic for children to keep in their rooms since there would be a temptation to play within them. This would be a suffocation hazard. Cardboard boxes would be fine.

DerdriuMarriner on 10/16/2019

blackspanielgallery, Thank you for the practical information and the product lines.
Did you have your own storage boxes for your bough, lights, ornaments, sprayed tree in your own storage area?
Which do you think would be more meaningful (and safer): children having their own boxes and (closet?) storage or everything all in one place for holiday dispersal? I see advantages both ways, especially responsibility with the former and team-player with the latter.

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