Holidays, Housework, and Being Present

I am on vacation this week. Every year, I take off between Christmas and New Years. It’s a glorious time of mostly doing nothing. We stay home and enjoy the family, catch up on some home projects, and plan for the new year.

Man washing dishes

Today was awesome. I slept in until 7:00 a.m. I puttered around the house most of the day, helping Gail clean up from the Christmas festivities. Unlike my real-world job, I could actually see the immediate fruit of my labor—a clean kitchen, dining room, and bedroom. It was simple but very satisfying.

I even got around to cleaning out my closet. This was something that was long overdue. It’s amazing how much stuff you can accumulate without really even trying!

This all may sound like work, but for me, it was a great change of pace. I felt like I slowed down just enough to be present in the now—and relish it.

I also enjoyed just being with Gail and seeing the kids come and go. My parents are coming in tonight. They will be with us until after the first of the year. I am looking forward to catching up and enjoying their company.

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  • Rachel Hauck

    Merry Christmas Michael to you and Gayle. Enjoy the season.


  • Rachel Hauck

    Ooops, Gail. Not Gayle. ;) Sorry.

  • Eric Mack

    Merry Christmas and best wishes to you and your family for a healthy and prosperous New Year.


  • Colleen Coble

    Is that YOU washing dishes, Mike? Gayle lets you do it? Dave sometimes offers but I can do them in five minutes and it takes him half an hour. LOL But he’s thorough.

    Our baby girl is here from Phoenix with her new fiance so we’re doing pretty much what you’re doing–minus the work of course. We’ve been on a Pirates of the Caribbean marathon.

  • Elizabeth Ingersoll

    I had last week off from work, and it is so refreshing just to be somewhere different. Working at home is not the same as working at work :-)

    Enjoy your time and family, and bring in a relaxed, blessed New Year!

  • Bill Masella

    I am taking the week from Christmas to New Years off as well… It is just me and my wife and we are enjoying the snow at our summer (normally) home.

    It also gives me some time to think and reflect… Perhaps write a few things for

    Have a Happy, Safe and Prosperous New Year!

  • Christian M.

    After you’ve had a good rest, I hope we’ll be hearing your thoughts about the Lynne Spears book in light of the Jamie Lynn Spears news (that apparently is still playing out). How does Thomas Nelson, which is a Christian publisher with secular distribution channels, navigate that kind of controversy? A secular publisher would probably just consider it great publicity for a book about being a pop culture mother. What business and biblical criteria do you apply to a situation like this? I think your insights, as much as you are free to offer anyway, will be instructive for all of us.

  • Michael Hyatt


    Unfortunately, I can’t share much beyond the press release we issued last week. We did discuss it and pray about it at the highest levels of the company. We believe the book (which is still being written) will be consistent with our mission and values. Unfortunately, anything we say gets twisted by the tabloid media and takes on a life of its own. So we probably won’t be saying much between now and when the book is published. We’ll let the book speak for itself.



  • Neal Durham

    Thanks for the e-mail. Keep that dad of yours (a former MARINE) under control. If you have the fishing available, that will keep him happy.
    This is a good time to reflect on the past year and what we can make and expect for the coming year. Only about 150 days of school left and soooo many students to put up with but I can handle it. Life is good here in Idaho.


  • Christian M.


    I understand that you can’t comment on the book specifically. The immediacy of the controversy with that book is really just a stepping off point for a larger discussion.

    I do hope in some future post, totally unrelated to the Spears book, you’ll be able to share how you navigate business vs. Bible (profit vs. piety) issues as the world’s largest Christian publisher with distribution in both the CBA and the ABA. I know Thomas Nelson defined some theological criteria for authors/books this past year, but how far do (can) you go with moral issues? Do CBA concerns (the smaller potential market) trump ABA possibilities, or the other way around? Does TN have written policies and criteria to apply to non-theological controversies surrounding books, or is it all case-by-case?

    You don’t need to respond to this email. I’m just planting an idea seed for a future post. I’m a regular reader, and I regularly push FWIS on my friends. I so appreciate your clear, biblical thinking and would enjoy getting your perspective on this area. It is certainly a “critical issue” topic in the larger discussion of how declining evangelicalism (in my view anyway) interfaces with an ascendant seculuar culture, especially in the marketplace.

    That’s all. Sorry for rambling. No need to respond.

  • Scott

    “…I slept in until 7:00 a.m.”

    LOL. That made my day! Enjoy your time off. I hope 2008 shapes up well for you. Big changes here. I’m looking forward to it.

  • Carl S. V.

    I pray, whatever you set your hand’s to do, that the L-rd G-d will bless you. May Yeshua our Messiah keep you safe in all your ways both You and Gayle and your family and all of Thomas Nelson Publishing…

    Shalom, Sincerely Carl S. V.