In a perfect world, the holiday season would be a magical, stress-free stretch of time when we slow down, bake gingerbread cookies, and savor decorating our Christmas tree. That’s the way it’s painted on the Hallmark Channel, anyway.
The reality? Trimming the tree—and keeping it upright—can present a variety of challenges.
As we’ve highlighted in the past, #christmasfails come in all shapes and sizes, and this year, we couldn’t help but notice how many people actually documented (and posted!) their very own Christmas trees toppling over.
Most of these accidents occurred at the hands—er, paws—of their lovable pets. Were these pesky animals just curious about that big green thing sitting in the living room, or were they hellbent on causing chaos? We’ll never know.
But what we do know is that the gaffes captured in the following videos are some of the best, most unfortunate Christmas tree fails we’ve seen in a while.
And kudos to the folks who decided to share these Yuletide disasters with the rest of the world, via Instagram. May we all find the same levity when a similar snafu arises in our own homes.
1. That’s not a scratching post
A miniature Christmas tree is about the height of a cat scratching post, and it’s fun for cats to paw at, so what part of putting the tree on the ground sounded like a good idea?
It was only a matter of time before this frisky feline would sink its claws onto the branches and have to hold on for dear life.
The lesson here would be to elevate the small tree onto a table, although that’s not always a foolproof solution, as you’ll see in some of the other videos below.
2. Grab the tree by the lights
This goldendoodle was determined to find the end of those string lights, even if it meant pulling a little too hard.
A word to the wise: Don’t position your Christmas tree next to the sofa if you have pets that like to perch on it.
3. That escalated quickly
It took a mere 10 seconds for this curious kitty to start pulling on this tree, and because of its small stature, have it come crashing to the ground.
As we said above, a miniature tree on the ground and a pet don’t mix, but we’re actually impressed by how little time it took for this cat to get all up in that tree’s business. Knowing they have a particularly rambunctious cat, maybe next year, they’ll keep the tree out of kitty’s reach.
4. Cat caught on candid camera
The beauty of having home security cameras is that you can be privy to all the ruckus that happens in and around your home when you’re not there.
So when you arrive home and find your Christmas tree toppled over—as in the video above—you’ll be able to identify the culprit.
Around 18 seconds into the video, you’ll see the tree start moving, and the crescendo occurs after about 30 seconds.
Thankfully, the culpable cat wasn’t hurt, but to prevent any injury from a falling tree, experts recommend anchoring it to the wall.
Place the tree in the corner of the room, wrap fishing line around the trunk, and then secure each end with hooks screwed into the wall or windowsill.
5. Partners in crime
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The body language of these two dogs at the end of the video says it all: They knocked over the tree, and they feel very guilty about it. But it’s not their fault that the tree is full of round ornaments that look like tennis balls!
If there’s a chance that your pets might try to grab ornaments off the tree, be sure to place them up extra high—especially the ones that look like snacks or toys.
6. The holidays are all about balance
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Oh my, I guess Christmas came early this year! #ourgifttoyou #ohchristmastree #hesokay!!! Oh and Gus really wants you to know, “But tell them the tree topper got on!” It did. Followed by the rest of the ornaments falling off. #christmasfail #christmastreefail #dyyyyyying Bless you, @bethygreenwald for capturing this. EDITED TO ADD CONTEXT: This is my husband Gus (putting our Yukon Cornelius tree topper on our tree) and me (the singing clapping monkey), celebrating the final touch on our Christmas tree, after I spent an hour or so putting up all the lights and ornaments. Our friend Beth was over and, having never celebrated Christmas, she had never seen a tree being trimmed before. So I was like, "Oh, this is what we do! So cute, right?" CUT TO… #treetoppler #dohchristmastree And for real, I swear, Gus is totally fine! Apparently Douglas Firs are great for breaking falls. The tree? Missing a few chunks. But we are still laughing. That Hail Mary reach for the ceiling… Hope you enjoy as much as we did and this helps spread some Christmas cheer!
We’re 99% sure this video was staged just for laughs, but we’re including it anyway, because if it is real, it’s a truly epic fail.
This poor guy was just trying to place the tree topper, but gravity got the better of him, and launched him into a belly dive on his tannenbaum.
We applaud his effort at the end to brace himself on the ceiling, but at that point, there was no coming back. Maybe use a bigger ladder next time?
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