Does your college student have a dorm room Christmas tree? Last year was our son’s first at college and we quickly learned that our holiday plans would need to be slightly altered to accommodate this new routine called college break. That’s when it also dawned on me that he would need a Christmas tree for his dorm room. Okay need is relative but if you live with me, you NEED a Christmas tree no matter where you are. Doesn’t have to be big and fancy but it simply must be.
Because we want everyone to be able to participate in our holiday traditions, we need our son to be physically home. One tradition that has had the most change is when we decorate our Christmas tree. In our home, this has always happened the first weekend of December so that we can focus on Thanksgiving without distraction. But when our oldest was home for his first Thanksgiving break, it occurred to me that if we didn’t decorate the tree Thanksgiving weekend, we’d have to wait to do it until mid-December and that simply wasn’t an option. So last year was our turning point where we modified when we decorate the Christmas tree to make sure we can enjoy this tradition when we are all together. Now our home is completely outfitted in holiday decor by the time he heads back to school for those last few weeks. And I won’t lie ~ I love it!
And then there is the part about sending my son back to school without all that holiday cheer to enjoy away from home. Being the multiple Christmas tree gal that I am, I simply couldn’t let that happen. So I hit the stores and put together a super easy dorm room Christmas tree kit in one 30 minute visit to Target ~ I totally scored! Check it out:
- 3 Foot Pre Lit Christmas Tree
- Snap Top Clear Storage Bin
Inside the Storage Bin:
- Tree Skirt
- Stockings for my son and his roommates (full of candy of course!)
- Tree Topper
- Mini Ornaments
- Ornament Hooks
- Extension Cord
- Replacement Light Bulbs
- Mason Jars with Holiday Candies
- Extra String of Lights for His Bedroom
And that’s how I made a dorm room Christmas tree kit. When he came home for Christmas break, he simply packed it all back up and returned to the attic where it’s stored until next time. If you are considering creating the same for your college student, here are a few of my favorite product options found on Amazon. You can order and have it shipped directly to campus!
Fast forward to this year and I was so happy when my son asked where his dorm room Christmas tree kid was so he could take back to decorate his room. Because I know how stressful those last few weeks can be, I love that this simple Christmas tree adds holiday cheer as he studies for and takes his final exams. And this also means my “make sure the kids love and decorate for Christmas wherever they are” work here is done. At least for this one. Tell me…
Does your college student have a dorm room Christmas tree?
When it comes college kids, so much of this process is about their independence and both of us letting go. But I’m loving seeing how our family traditions carry forward into our son’s world away from home and become his own. That indeed is a very blessed thing.
Thanks to much for stopping by ~Happy Holidays!