I’m sorry!! This post is coming way later than I meant it to, so I hope you can at least pin it or pack it away for next year. The moment we got started with this project the rainy weather rolled in and there was not one kid volunteering to play in the rain at these temps. Smart kids. Brrrrr.
I don’t know how things go in your house, if you celebrate Christmas, but at mine we had a few years where I had to deal with seriously upset children the day the Christmas tree came down. I can’t say I blame them. I miss it when it’s gone too, but the sad faces made me look for a way to turn the whole event into something a little less traumatic. For all of us. 🙂
Something you should know about my little gang of short people? They LOVE feeding and watching the birds. As we were making peanut butter and birdseed pine cones for the birds it occurred to me that we could hang them on the Christmas tree that was sitting at the edge of the woods waiting to get dragged away. Then the hamster on the wheel in my head got it really spinning and I asked myself why couldn’t we decorate the whole thing with all kinds of fun, yummy treats for the birds and make a little event out of it. The kids L.O.V.E. this every year. It’s become a really fun tradition that we all look forward to. The tree gets taken down in the house and put up in the yard near our other bird feeders and we go to town making all kinds of “ornaments.”
You can do this with whatever you have around the house. The birds (and squirrels) love fruits like oranges and apples. Plus they make the tree so pretty. We also cover pine cones with peanut butter and birdseed, which we’ve always made every year.
With a little string or thread you can make some pretty garland out of popcorn and cranberries.
We usually do some strands with just cranberries, but with the weather not cooperating we didn’t get to it all this time. Maybe in a week or two, after the birds and squirrels have eaten everything, will give it another go.
Making the ornaments might not have been his thing, but he’s all in when it’s time to decorate. 🙂
The pine cones are always the biggest hit.
I love the garland. 🙂
We’ve had years when it has been decorated more, but it’s still beautiful this year and the birds certainly do love it. This guy couldn’t wait for a bite.
I hope you’ll be able to tuck this away for next year. It’s a great family tradition!