Our Post Christmas Incident

29/12/2014 21:00

From the minute we erected our Christmas tree at the start of the month and filled the house with lights and tinsel we feared the possibilities with a toddler crashing his way from room to room with an enthusiasm that never wanes. You couldn't blame us. Clayton is a walking tornado of destruction and it always seems like we are on tenderhooks waiting for the next big crash! The tree had only been up 20 minutes before we captured this photo. It was just a matter of time.

Toddler Christmas Tree Story

At work the next day, I mentioned that we had decorated our house for Christmas and showed them the photo. People were immediately interested in how long the tree would last before falling or being damaged. We ran a little sweepstake and each day people would ask about the trees health. What people didn't realise though was the tree was almost entirely decorated with collectible Disney ornaments. Disney ornaments capture his attention, but they resemble toys. Well Clayton doesn't play with toys. Why would he? Why would he do as he is supposed to do, when he can play with wires, plug sockets, door stopper, shoes, chainsaws, and barbed wire instead? And so, after day 1 had passed and he had eyed each Disney ornament the once, he was no longer interested in the stupid tree. He rarely even went near it. There was only one colleague that had faith in little Clayton, predicting that the tree would survive until after Christmas Day. Here is the Facebook message I sent to his earlier today to let him know his faith had been repaid.



Dear Mr Newman,


I am writing to you to confirm your winning of the Costello Household Christmas Tree Survival Sweepstake. It was the morning of December 27th 2014 and Clayton stood looking at the tree with one hand firmly gripping the end of a piece of green and red tinsel. Me, as his Father politely but firmly told him 'no' and asked him not to touch the tree as it wasn't for small children. He paused, weighing his options carefully. He looked at me and with spiteful intent yanked the tinsel hard and took a step away. For the next 3 seconds the entire tree fell in slow motion before a shattering sound filled the room. The tree was down.

I congratulate you on your successful prediction. The tree did survive past Christmas Day. Unfortunately however, your prize will not be made available due to any ounce of good will being spent to ensure the culprit lived past that morning and any funds being used to cushion the blow of his damage running to approximately £200 worth.

Ryan Costello


I would show you a photograph of the catastrophic damage and chaos. I'd love to show you the 'after' photo but I'm afraid that it doesn't exist. Lucky for all of us, Clayton still does...






Topic: Our Post Christmas Incident

Date: 06/01/2015

By: Zena's Suitcase

Subject: Uh Oh!

This made me laugh! At least it made it passed Christmas Day :)

Date: 04/01/2015

By: Nayna Kanabar

Subject: citrusspiceuk@gmail.com

I hope all the decorations survived for next Christmas.

Date: 02/01/2015

By: Kara

Subject: chuckle

This made me chuckle........we took ours down boxing day before it met a similar fate!

Date: 31/12/2014

By: Clare Nicholas

Subject: Oh no

My kids are 2 & 4 and know better BUT still brought it crashing down around 3 times this holiday and stripped it of the contents

Date: 04/01/2015

By: Ryan Costello

Subject: Re: Oh no

Oh no indeed!! 3 times? wow!

Date: 30/12/2014

By: Catherine Burgess

Subject: uh oh

As Sprog would say...uh oh!!

Date: 04/01/2015

By: Ryan Costello

Subject: Re: uh oh

...and that's EXACTLY what he said!

Date: 30/12/2014

By: You Baby Me Mummy

Subject: post

Oh no! Baby was a nightmare with our tree, pulling decorations off and getting stuck in the tinsel. I was really glad to take it down this year x

Date: 30/12/2014

By: Jen aka The Mad House

Subject: Erm

I have learned that it is not wise to put temptation in to kids way! When the boys were small we opted for a mini tree. Now they are 8 and 9 the big tree is out and covered in our wonderful decorations (we have a lot of Disney ones too as my mum loved them and we have hers). We still have the small tree and it is filled with vintage decorations.

Date: 30/12/2014

By: Phoebe @ Lou Messugo


Oh no! I hope you didn't lose all your collectable ornaments, but as you say the most important thing is that Clayton is OK.

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