Traditions Help Children Get Nestled

All snug in their beds

Whether it’s pulling the Thanksgiving turkey wishbone or hanging the stockings, children especially look forward to holiday traditions with wide-eyed glee.

One tradition we discovered in Puerto Rico is for children to leave grass or hay under their bed for the camels carrying the Three Wise Men. We don’t recommend bringing hay in the house, but we do approve of lots of storage space under the bed. That can come in the form of drawers under the bed or a Captain’s bed, which is higher off the ground and fits more items underneath.

When choosing children’s furniture, you’re no longer stuck with baby pink and blue. Many neutral color options such as white and grey let you change the room to more grown-up colors without changing furniture.


A new choice this year is from the Federal Hill collection, a proven winner in the master bedroom. Now the whole set is scaled for youth bedrooms, featuring a mix of barn detailing and metal accents on a distressed grey-wash finish. New for youth in this collection is a cool desk with turnbuckle rods and angled barn boards, great for after-school study.

Bunk beds with a built-in ladder also save under-bed floor space for storage. When choosing bunk beds, don’t forget safety. Use guardrails on the top bunk and make sure they extend five inches above the mattress top to keep restless sleepers from rolling off. Installing a night light near the ladder is always a good idea too.