He crawled backwards off the sofa, just like we taught him, and came to get a closer look. He stopped in front of each ornament to take it all in and enjoy. He couldn't resist and reached for a ball which he dropped on the floor and which bounced as balls do. We quickly picked it up and explained that these were special balls that were not for playing, but just for looking. He was agreeable and kept looking around with his hands by his side though you could tell it took all the self-discipline he could muster to not reach out for more. We thought everything would work out fine, but then after dinner, he went for another and threw it on the floor with all his might expecting a bounce...but instead it shattered into very fine glass dust. He got scared and so did we. We thought all those balls were plastic!
So we untrimmed the tree, went to Canadian Tire and bought all new ornaments made of "durable shatter proof plastic" came back home and retrimmed the tree. It was a lot of work, but I love our new decorations. Of course we kept our important lifestage ornaments though we made sure to place them higher in the tree. Here's a peak at our story in ornaments: