The Best Vacation Is When Everyone Is Out of the Office

The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to Him all that they had done
and taught. He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a remote place and
rest for a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even
have time to eat. So they went away in the boat by themselves to a remote place.
(Mark 6:30–32)

Everyone loves a good vacation. Maybe you take the kids to visit grandma and
grandpa during spring break each year. Summer is a popular season to get away
to the beach or mountains. It’s not always easy to take a full week off during the
fall, with school routines and all, but you can certainly avoid large crowds if you
choose an autumn date to retreat and seek refreshment.

No matter what time of year you try to escape, there’s a common problem that’s
difficult to avoid: After the vacation is over, there is a boatload of work waiting for
you on your desk or in your in-box. Just knowing this can make it hard to relax
during your vacation. So maybe you sneak a few peaks at e-mail every day, just
to try and lighten the workload upon your eventual return.

Have you ever wished the world would just stop during your vacation? Imagine
what it would be like if you could take a well-deserved break and not be so
overwhelmed with twice the work when you get back.

Sound impossible? Am I writing about a dream world?

One of the ways we avoid this problem at Apologia is that we shut down the
entire operation twice a year. We take a full week off during the week of July 4 th ,
and we take a two-week break in celebration of Christmas and New Year’s. This
year we begin our end-of- the-year break at the close of business on Friday,
December 16, and return the morning of Tuesday, January 3. Sure, team
members can take vacations at other dates of their choosing, but these two
designated times of rest allow us, as a team, to step away from it all, which
makes us more creative, productive, and motivated the rest of the year.

The best part is that no one sends or receives work-related e-mail during these
breaks. As a result, we’re all in sync with each other. No one is falling behind
while others are getting ahead. No one returns from the break and wonders what
they missed while they were away.

Another practical benefit of this practice is that we all get to fully partake of the
holiday festivities. Advent celebrations, candlelight services, time with family
members—any and everything related to Christmas and New Year’s is a very
real possibility.

I don’t know what your holiday schedule holds. It may be simply impossible for
you to take more than a day or two off from work this season. But whatever your
situation, I hope you will make it a priority to stop this Christmas and reflect on
the miracle and mystery of the incarnation of Christ.

From all of us at Apologia to you and your family, we wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year. Thank you for being a part of our family. It’s our privilege
and pleasure to publish books and resources that help you and your children to
learn, live, and defend the Christian faith.

Walking by faith and enjoying the homeschooling adventure of a lifetime!

Davis Signature

© 2016 Davis Carman

Davis Carman is the president of Apologia Educational Ministries, the #1 publisher of creation-based science and Bible curriculum. He is also the author of four illustrated children’s books. Good Morning, God is based on Deuteronomy 6, A Light for My Path is an ABC book based on Psalm 119, and In the Beginning is based on the creation account in Genesis. His latest, Psalms to Know Early, is now available. Davis believes that if there was ever a time to homeschool, it is now!

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