When it Doesn’t Have to be Perfect – Christmas Ornaments 2017

I started a tradition of making the grandkids ornaments each year in 2010.  Only I didn’t continue. Not because I didn’t want to.  But because I let my head get in the way.

I had the great idea that I would personalize each one each year based on their interests.

That was great in theory, though it got harder each year. Coming up with new designs, finding time, digitizing them, fearing they wouldn’t like them…

I let it slide with just a little guilt because they spent time with me making ornaments for others…

And other projects…

And so, several years had passed. I didn’t think they would notice or care and I thought it was too late to start again. Until this year. My daughter-in-law mentioned that Grace noticed she had ornaments from me for several years and then they stopped. Someone noticed.

So my brain went into analyzer overdrive trying to figure out a way to make up for lost time, make a great comeback and then I realized that I was setting myself up for failure. And the kids wouldn’t care about the why or why not.

And this year they cared about the candy canes…

But that’s okay. Someday they’ll have a collection with a few years missing. And if they ask why, I’ll tell them I let fear of it not being good enough get in the way. And maybe those missing ornaments will remind them each year, Grandma’s lesson, and that the effort is worth it, even if the result isn’t what  you always hope for.

Still learning. On the journey, Jackie