Christmas is like a Tornado.
I really think it is. Think about it. The calm before the storm. The peace before the damage is done. You know it is going to hit and you still cant d a thing to stop it. Then all of a sudden its here, its causing mass destruction to your home and stuff is thrown everywhere. You can run and you can hide but after the storm hits you are left staring, walking around wondering how you survived and trying to put a plan together on how you are going to tackle the mess.
Now see, doesn't that sound like Christmas? If you said no, YOUR NOT BEING HONEST! All the months, weeks and days that come before the big day are spent cleaning, shopping, cooking, preparing, decorating and getting ready for the one big moment, that one day when your house will be turned upside down. Kids will wake early, with squeals and shrieks and screams of joys and things will start flying. Wrapping paper will be flung across the room like debris from a mobile home park.
Wait..OK food break, time to eat..
Back to the destruction of a living room or an area where families are gathered to witness all the craziness. Yeah it is crazy and stressful and fun and wonderful and awesome and fun and messy and nerve racking...
But isn't it worth it? Yes!
You know that look adults have after they are done eating on Thanksgiving, you know sitting on the couch, stuffed and can hardly move and have a look like they are going to pass out....well that is the same look that kids have after they get into bulldoze mode and tear through gift central.
After everything is opened and gifts are scattered and little plastic ties and cut in half and coffee cups are laying on floor and grandparents are overwhelmed by the kids energy, it all sinks in....Clean up efforts begin and large black garbage bags are filled with boxes and instruction and parts of toys that will all be looked for later. You know it true. We all throw stuff out on accident and go digging later.
So the storm is over. The category ranges vary depending on the size of the family. The storms are not big enough to get you Government assistance for clean up. It will take days, weeks and months to recover from this Tornado er, I mean Christmas. But there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
That light, well it is the light shining from a toy that is about to hit you in the face as you try and sleep on the couch.
Well I hope you and your family don't show up on the weather channel.
Time for another of my favorite HOLIDAY songs.