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This time if year all we hear about is the rush, rush, rush and the busy, busy, busy aspect of the season.  All the peace and goodwill that is supposed to be part of the Christmas holiday seems to go right out the door, and is replaced by total madness.

A fellow blogger published a post recently that talked about staying calm, and it gives pause for some thought: when was the last time you heard of a person relaxing their way through the holiday season?  There must be somebody that does this, but most of us have never met any of these people.  They would have to be saints.  Or live on a sandy beach with gentle breezes wafting all their cares away.  Right?

The above picture was taken by my friend since childhood, Kay, who lives in the country further north of me in Missouri.  She doesn’t say where she was going, although it was probably to work, and she doesn’t say if she was in a hurry, although it’s a safe bet that she wasn’t wanting to dawdle.  She took this picture through her windshield, probably with her cell phone, and posted it with the caption, “Sigh……..Why me…….Rght in the middle of the road…..”  and the first thought that hit me was, “Yeah, I know just what you mean!”  Having lived in a rural area of SW Missouri where a large group of Amish had settled, I’d had my share of trying to slowly follow a buggy down the road when I was in a hurry.

Since the gentlemen in the above picture were out on a cold day and were kind of huddled, there is a chance they did not hear the car pulling up behind them.  Some of the Amish are kind and will pull off the road when they can to let vehicles pass by.  Others don’t seem to be bothered if there is a line of traffic behind them.  They are not in any hurry, and don’t particularly care if you are.   

How do people who get in no hurry ever get anything done?  And yet, they do.  Some farms in this sect were massive, and took a lot of hard work to run.  

So what’s the answer as far as us getting what we need done and doing it calmly and not at breakneck speed?  And, as far as this time of year, what’s the secret to having a calm holiday season and still getting the things done that are part of having a great Christmas?

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Maybe, like apparently with the Amish folk, it’s about doing what needs to be done to live, enjoying family and friends, and then letting the rest fall into place whatever way it does.  Not that I would advocate what a few others have posted on Facebook and other places every time there is a major holiday.  You’ve seen them — the “You should be ASHAMED to be celebrating the holidays while there are so many starving children around the world!” or “How dare you celebrate a holiday that is evil!  You should be ashamed!  ASHAMED I tell you!” posts.  

I’m into Christmas shopping, gift-giving, family dinner eating, gift receiving, cider swilling, etc., just as much as the next person.  But for the sake of our health, mental and physical, and for the sake of just experiencing peace and joy, we might need to learn to reign it in a bit.

Maybe some of you out there have different ideas about how to enjoy this holiday season without ending up frazzled and tired.  Hit us with your ideas for how we might make this the most joyous, peaceful, calm, happy celebration we’ve ever had!

Blessings to you as you celebrate this season of giving and happiness!