Notice the empty spots on the front of the tree? Okay, not so mysterious. One guess who is taking them?
I learned my lesson about 4 years ago when Munchkin thought the beautiful ornaments were balls. Needless to say the ornament I bought the first year my husband and I started dating did not survive. Mr L tried to piece it back together for me, but it was beyond saving. He did manage to save the other ornament that a friend had given me. A lot of patience, crazy glue, and probably some cursing was involved.
This year I took no chances. While Munchkin has no interest in removing ornaments from the tree, Pumpkin seems to have inherited some "hoarding" tendencies? I keep finding him with six or seven ornaments clutched in his little hands. After a while he figured out he could hold onto more if he strung them on his fingers.
I actually don't mind because he is counting them and sorting them by color- I'll take this as an educational opportunity. Or maybe I'm just too tired (lazy) to try and keep him from pulling them down. Not to worry, I did make sure that the tree was securely anchored to the wall! Despite the fact that there are "bare" spots on the tree, I actually prefer this to gating the tree off. I did that one year and I thought it kind of took away from that Christmas-y feeling.
By the way, please excuse our crooked tree topper. I kind of just tossed it up there and told myself I would get a step stool and fix it right away. A week later...yeah it might still be crooked at Christmas! But doesn't that make it all the more special ;)