Compromising Your Style: Letting Kids Help Decorate for Holidays

Recently, after harvesting our little crop of pumpkins we managed to grow, I arranged them proudly on the mantle and began to contemplate a neat, spooky-yet-sophisticated oh-so-Pinterestable Halloween decoration for our dining room. My 8-year-old had a thunderbolt of inspiration: "What if we draw faces on them with markers?" I am embarrassed to admit I hesitated; that's not really what I had in mind, I thought. Then it struck me — am I really serious? Halloween is for kids!
It got me thinking about decorating the house when you live with kids — holiday decorations in particular. I once knew a mom who refused to let her kids decorate their Christmas tree because she said they always picked the tackiest ornaments, and never hung them in appropriate spots. Her tree, of course, was always decked out in color coordinated balls and matching ribbon cascading perfectly between the branches.

But Halloween is perhaps an even more fitting example of a holiday primarily for kids — it occurred to me this year that if my 8-year-old wants to draw faces on little pumpkins, am I really going to say no, simply because it's not what I had in mind for seasonal decorations? Halloween decorations? After my brief hesitation, he did, in fact, draw faces on the pumpkins (as you can see from the photo), and I gave myself a quick chastening and dash of perspective.

Will I let my kids choose our next paint color for the dining room? No, probably not. But will I let them arrange an epic skeleton-and-alien pumpkin battle diorama instead of a painstakingly arranged Halloween tablescape? Yeah. Yeah, I think I will.

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What about you — what are your thoughts on letting kids help with holiday decor?

(Images: Sarah Dobbins)

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