Why There Are No Gifts Under Our Tree

Don’t worry, this isn’t some holier-than-thou post about how we’re forgoing Christmas gifts this year in order to hike the Hindu Kush as a family, spreading a message of goodwill to war-torn villages. We have gifts this Christmas – they’re just not under the tree.


The one time of year I don’t mind renting a place with a blood-red dining room.


Yes, our {fake} tree is totally leaning to the left.


 So why are all of the Christmas gifts on the dining room table and not under the tree?


Because of this girl.

We learned the hard way that she is unable to control herself around wrapped presents. Violet is also the reason why we are unable to have chairs around our dining room table. We had to banish the majority of our dining table chairs to the basement last month because Little Miss Ingenuity would push the chairs around the main floor to use as step stools for climbing any piece of furniture she could. The few remaining chairs are pushed against the wall and into a corner – only to be used when absolutely necessary. So this year there are no gifts under our tree. And while the solution certainly isn’t magazine-worthy, it does capture life with an energetic toddler.


18 thoughts on “Why There Are No Gifts Under Our Tree

  1. Anonymous December 23, 2014 / 9:11 am

    I will be Violet proofing my house very soon.

  2. Megan December 23, 2014 / 9:19 am

    Haha growing up my grandparents had the same exact problem with their miniature dachshund! No one dared put a package on the ground for fear of unwrapping a gift with a few bite marks! no doubt it will be a very exciting Christmas morning for all yall!

    • Karen January 3, 2015 / 7:43 pm

      It was! And ironically, Violet had no interest in opening gifts that morning! Of course. 🙂

  3. Tyraenna December 23, 2014 / 9:29 am

    Hehehe. At least this is an adorable problem to have 🙂

    • Karen January 3, 2015 / 7:43 pm

      I’ll give you that – she is pretty darn cute. I know I’m biased but…

  4. somewhereoverthecamo December 23, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    Bahaha. She is so cute!

  5. Sammy D. December 23, 2014 / 2:06 pm

    This is adorable and SO funny. You must save this entire post for Violet’s memory book – it surely qualifies as one of those family loves that will become embellished through the years with each telling 😀

    My hearts go out to all in our military who know the Hindu Kush area far too intimately, and I am glad your family is together this Christmas. God Bless.

    • Karen January 3, 2015 / 7:44 pm

      Thank you, Sammy D. Merry Christmas!

  6. Alison V. December 24, 2014 / 2:20 pm

    your home is beautifully decorated!

    • Karen January 3, 2015 / 7:44 pm

      Thank you, Alison!

  7. My Traveling Troop December 28, 2014 / 6:27 pm

    Adorable! I got a good chuckle reading this post, because I can totally relate. Only the top half of our Christmas tree is decorated, because my darling toddler son loves to take the ornaments off and throw them down the stairs. As soon as I noticed that trend, the presents stayed in various hiding places until he fell asleep Christmas Eve. ha ha.

    I hope you and your family had a lovely Christmas!


    • Karen January 3, 2015 / 7:45 pm

      Perhaps a 2/3 or 1/2 decorated Christmas tree will become all the rage. We’re so hip! 🙂

  8. jennycreativelyblooming December 29, 2014 / 4:13 pm

    Haha! I have a feeling we may be doing the same thing next year with Evelyn!

    • Karen January 3, 2015 / 7:45 pm

      Welcome to the club. We have cookies! 🙂

  9. icarryhisheartinmine December 31, 2014 / 12:28 am

    I LOVE these pictures of your home – it looks beautiful but also REAL LIFE with a toddler 😉 So great! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

    • Karen January 3, 2015 / 7:45 pm

      Thank you. A decorating blogger I am not. I tried. I failed. I have accepted that my home is a little too real for the internets.

  10. Katie @ ThePerfectBrownie January 1, 2015 / 10:01 am

    Awwwww, she is TOO cute! I love that age. 🙂 Except for the part where one considers putting the Christmas tree inside a playpen to keep a little one from chewing on it…

    Baby proofing is always a challenge. And it’s different for each child- none of them seem to choose the same thing to get into.

    • Karen January 3, 2015 / 7:46 pm

      Thank you, Katie! And you’re totally right – we now realize how easy we had it with our son. Haha.

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