Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sticking to What I Know

I don't know how to create the perfect Christmas. I don't know how to erase my parents' and in-laws' divorces from decades ago so as to make today's holidays more pleasant. I don't know how to cook a frickin' perfect turkey. I don't know how to fulfill all my children's Christmas dreams. I don't know how to quit yelling. I don't know how to keep the floors polished. I can't prevent backorders on online purchases. I can't make a batch of toffee AND disinfect the bathrooms at the same time. I can't make sure everyone has festive jammies for Christmas morn. I can't get the perfect seats at Mass to watch my angels sing in the choir. I can't quit drinking eggnog.
But you know what I can do? I can make a kick-ass paper chain!

Check this out --- first, Cayna made one to go with our snowflakes:

Then, Bethanie made one:

So I decided to make one too. Blame it on the frenzy and fury of the pre-holiday, but once I started my paper chain, I couldn't stop.

My "Christmas 2010 Paper Chain Project" required printer paper, scissors, Scotch tape, and just a teeny little bit of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I think even my kids thought I was weird. But look! --- Just a few short sessions of chain-making, and I have forty feet of Christmas whimsy!

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