Now I've known people who make their kids avoid all the Christmas decorations like a plague. Stay back 3 feet from a tree. "Don't touch that"... "you might break...". And when kids do break things? Parents make them feel bad. It's only common knowledge that if a kid sees something shiny or pretty, they want to touch it. It's magical. Who doesn't want to reach out and touch magic. Now if it breaks they feel bad enough, but to get scolded makes it worse. Things like that can stick with kids forever.
In my family when I was small, my mom put all of her breakable things up high and out of my reach or just plain put them away. Tree ornaments were replaced with plushy ornaments. Table centerpieces were replaced with plastic decorations. Wall tinsel and lights were replaced with paper cutouts that were a big thing in the 70s and 80s. Us kids were always ALWAYS invited to help decorate everything. Every year was fun and there were never tears.
Now with kids of my own I'm trying to do the same with maybe more. When my teenagers were babies I couldn't find any plush ornaments. They didn't exist. I found some styrofoam ones, but it wasn't the same. We made some felt ones. It worked ok.
Now with my baby and another on the way? I was never more happy to hit Target today and discover a wide variety of unbreakable and plush ornaments. I was so excited. I bought $50 worth of the things. Haha! I hope to see more like it in the future. My baby is only 7 months, but I figure I'd grab em while they got em! They're so impossible to find.
Try and find things like this for kids at Christmas. No tears, only fun. These days there are so many fun things out there. Window clings, plastic decorations, wreaths made of plastic things kids can help assemble. The list now is truly endless.