The presents were placed under the Jumperoo with care…


I wanted a decorated tree. I have a barfed on Jumperoo, and a dog who needs a bath. Our makeshift Christmas tree is perfect, really. It’s a true symbol of the havoc the first year of parenthood wreaked on our household. Little time, less money, dwindling patience.

OK, we also needed a barricade to keep the baby from eating, climbing, and otherwise impaling herself on a proper tree. Safety first, people.


Anytreetopper, sometimes you have to make do with the stuff you have, and I’m OK with that. I wanted a big evergreen tree with pretty, shiny ornaments. I chose to stick with the stinky dog and dirty Jumperoo. A tree costs money. A baby gate costs money. Washing the dog is free.

I’m feelin’ pretty awesome with what I have. Getting grumpy over the the absence of holiday glitz is silly. Don’t you get grumpy either. Loving what you have in life is the best gift of all.

Happy Holidays you guys!



  1. Jo December 23, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    That is a very festive jumperoo you have there. Our first baby Christmas consisted of a pot plant draped with tinsel. You do what you can, you are together, healthy, and that’s enough! Happy Christmas!

  2. Lisa December 24, 2012 at 7:11 am

    We’re not having a tree this year, either. We’ve just moved into a really small place, and just organizing the living room is going to be enough for me. Until I have a bunch of stuff in storage, there’s just no room.

  3. Diane Kallal December 24, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Years ago, my best friend got so behind at Christmas that she pulled out the Christmas tree (in its box), plopped a Santa hat on top of the box and put the presents around the base. People loved it – it brought a smile to everyone’s face!

  4. lori February 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    with each of our three kids there was a year or two we put the christmas tree and gifts inside the playpen to protect it until christmas from the curious little ones!

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