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How the Christmas Season Is Like Hurricane Season

When all the dust has settled after Christmas each year, do you feel as if you have just lived through a huge storm? Although it's not always possible to do so, the simpler we keep things, the less we'll feel like that. Today's iv is a list of similarities between the Christmas season and hurricane season. One item I didn't see in the list was that people seem to be in crisis mode. I hope this makes you smile at this busy time of year.

How the Christmas Season Is Like Hurricane Season

10. Decorating the house (hurricane season: "decorating" with plywood)

9. Dragging out boxes that haven't been used since last season (hurricane season: camping gear, flashlights, etc.)

8. Last minute shopping in crowded stores

7. Regular TV shows pre-empted for "Specials"

6. Family coming to stay with you

5. Family and friends from out-of-state calling you

4. Buying food you don't normally buy ... and in large quantities

3. Days off from work and school

2. Candles

1. At some point you're probably going to have a tree in your house!

This week we are in final exams on campus, so lots of stress and excitement. Please pray for our students as they depart for the four corners of the world beginning about noon on Thursday.

Do you have any secrets for keeping this time of year unstressful? I hope you all have a safe and sane Christmas/hurricane season this year!

I'll end this post with a picture I received recently of this year's winner of...

picture of Amish Christmas lights

the Amish Christmas light contest!


"The very place of Joseph's affliction became the place of his fruitfulness." — Drew Conley (in connection with Gen. 41:52)

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Stop telling God how big your storm is. Instead, tell your storm how big your God is.

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5 Comments on “How the Christmas Season Is Like Hurricane Season”

  1. #1 Vikki
    on Dec 14th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I thought the Amish Christmas light picture didn’t load right at first. Then I got it :0)

    Now that our kids are all grown, out of the house and married, the Christmas season has become a LOT more relaxed. But when all four were kids, between school programs, parties, etc., it seemed like we never had time to even think. I remember one year when, in less than a two week period, we had 13 different programs and events that we had to attend! Between those events and church, we went 2-1/2 weeks without a single night at home. A couple of times we found ourselves racing from one kids program to another one at a different school. Somehow I also had to squeeze shopping, wrapping, etc. into it. Talk about stress!

    This year we had our family Christmas over Thanksgiving, so Christmas will be just the two of us. Very laid back and enjoyable.

  2. #2 Barbara H.
    on Dec 14th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I kept waiting for the picture to load and then realized why it didn’t. 🙂

  3. #3 Ray
    on Dec 15th, 2011 at 7:16 am

    The truth is, the Amish were too busy to put up lights (candles, kerosene, etc.) this year because they are building those infrared room heaters – well, sort of according to the little insert in our Sunday paper… There was a picture of a couple of them hold one in a Sears parking lot with buggies in the background. I wonder if they use them themselves. :>I)

    Another way Christmas is like a hurricane after it is all over, is there is a whole lot of debris and personal effects strewn around the livingroom.

    I like the line about a tree in your house.

  4. #4 Carrie
    on Dec 16th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I, too, was about to refresh the page when I saw the blank picture. Hee hee. We just moved across the country, so we have no commitments this year. It’s kind of nice.

  5. #5 Laura B.
    on Dec 19th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Secrets for keeping Christmas unstressful . . .

    1. Remember that we don’t have to be like “everyone else.” Although my husband & I grew up with the Sears “Wish Book,” we have not promoted wish lists with our own kids. Contentment and peace go hand in hand.

    2. The kids do the decorating and packing up–a tradition they started about 3 years ago when the youngest was 8. It’s not fancy by most folks’ standards, but the kids think it is really cool to be “in control.”

    3. Keep the tree in scale with its surroundings. We used to have a big one, but it took over the living room and the kids would get into trouble for messing with it, so we traded it in for a tabletop model that is JUST RIGHT for us. More time and space for people . . . a reminder of “the reason for the season.”

    4. Family projects: make cookies to share, homemade fudge (doesn’t last long enough to share!), watch Christmas films together, build jigsaw puzzles. Simple stuff, low-stress schedule.

    5. Avoid peak shopping hours when driving around town.

    Joyeux Noël!