- Hospitals in the UK reported four broken arms after “cracker pulling” accidents. [I cannot imagine this… holiday crackers (see right) look so benign!]
- Three people die each year testing to see if a 9-volt battery works on their tongue.
- Thirty-one people died (since 1996) by watering their Christmas tree while the tree lights were plugged in. (The UK apparently calls them “fairy lights.”)
- Nineteen people died within a three-year period, believing that Christmas decorations were chocolate. (Huh?)
- One hundred and one people (since 1997) had to have broken parts of plastic toys pulled out of the soles of their feet.
- One hundred and forty two people were injured, just in 1998, by not removing all pins from new shirts.
May your Christmases always be accident free … especially from those silly things!
I’ll keep this short. Christmas is over and you’re probably exhausted from church and family events. But your heart is full, right?
But if your house is like mine, after the holidays, my house feels a bit chaotic. I keep wishing one of my Christmas gifts was a housekeeper!
“When life becomes hectic and harried,
may you find calm in the chaos.
If your floors don’t sparkle,
may the glory of the Lord light your face.
If grime streaks your bathroom sink,
may it never corrode your heart.
If you’re racing the clock and losing,
may you choose the important over the urgent.”
What a great way to head into the New Year – (1) embracing a calm perspective (by focusing on the peace of God), and (2) living for God’s glory with (3) a pure heart and (4) right priorities.
Take a moment to think about your life right now. Which of those four areas needs a little work today?
Working on even one of them over the next few days might prepare you for the New Year a lot better than a list of resolutions.
* “Christmas Facts” from Sparkpeople.com, 12-26-09
** Book by Dianne Barker: I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! (Crossroad Books, 2014),p. 179.