Post # 1
I’m nurse and I work almost every x-mas since I have only a couple years under my belt I can’t always get it off and always work some part of it. We’ve been together 4 years but this is our first as a married couple.
I hate christmas. I feel like I get no holiday and I don’t even remember the last 4 christmases because having just come off night shifts I am being forced to stay up and hang out with the family (his), which of course ends with me being sick, tired and incredibly cranky.
My mom is forever flexible, but I always think, “why are we shafting my mom on her time with us?” She is the only one of our parents who can behave like a respectful adult and not whine and b**ch about moan about me having to work, or needing rest after the fact?
So in short, I find that christmas always ends with me being exhausted and miserable and the only thing to show for it is extra pounds (eating tonnes of crap to stay awake), and a new reason to want to kick his sister in the box. 🙂
Post # 3
I hate Christmas because my family all hates each other and can’t be in the same vicinity as each other, so I spent my life going from house to house to house hearing that I needed to stay longer, eat whatever meal they had, and missing the parades. Two years ago, I stood up and said that they could come to me after 30 years of me going to them and some didn’t even come. Last eyar was so nice just sitting and relaxing all day with my in-laws. This year, it’s back to our house with my family, but this year we have Wombat, so it should be better.
@mrsjustinm2b: Thanks for being a nurse and working holidays. It’s not easy, but really needed.
Post # 4
It sounds like it isn’t necessarily Christmas you hate, but working on Christmas that you hate. And rightly so!
Post # 5
@mrsjustinm2b: I know exactly how you feel. This year I work 7p=7a on the Friday, Saturady, and Sunday night of Christmas weeked. I think it might be a blessing because we always have issues with Christmas too. Both of our parents are divorced and Darling Husband mom always just picks a day without talking to Darling Husband about our other plans and makes it at a time that there is no way we could see any other family that day. It makes me mad that we have to sacrafice time with our other family who are actually considerate of our situation to be there with her who was selfish in the scheduling any ways. She has two kids and we are the only ones with kids, you would think she would be a little more thoughtful. With my schedule this year, we decided that if she does her usual pick a time routine and it doesn’t work for us we aren’t going.
Post # 6
I used to hate Christmas too. I worked in retail for ages and when you have a meeting in June to order your holiday items you get burned out quickly. Then the holiday hours you ave to work are insane. The holiday shoppers you have to deal with can be quite unpleasent. So I can totally understand hating to work the holidays. But now I no longer work in retail and I have a little one that has brought the magic back to Christmas for me. So hang in there, you will get some time under your belt and get the day off, hopefully you won’t dread it so much. Will they at least let you take a power nap at some point during the day?
Post # 7
I hate that it brings out all the crazies.
But I love being with family and feeling all of that love and excitement.
I’m going into nursing too (half a year left of school!), and it’s going to suck having to work holidays. : / But I suppose there’s nothing to be done about it!
Post # 8
I hate almost all of it… I am such a bah-humbug grinch. I hate the decorating, the presents, the having to go to people’s houses when I just want to stay home. I hate that its “forced family fun”.
Post # 9
I think it’s interesting that so many people hate Christmas because of working, family, spending money, having to buy gifts and decorate, etc. Nobody is making anyone decorate or visit extended family. I don’t spend more than I can afford on gifts. I work in retail and I LOVE Christmas. I hate Christmas music, honestly, I get bored of it fast. But I love decorations, family, the lights, the overall mood. Black Friday is not what Christmas is about to me- it’s work, it’s my job, not Christmas. Going crazy shopping and spending isn’t Christmas. Christmas is what you make it.
Post # 10
@mrsjustinm2b: my sister is a nurse and has to work this year on christmas. but they have a different system than seniority for who gets off on holidays. They split the holidays into “winter holidays” and “summer holidays” and they only have to work one of each, and they rotate each year. So this year she has to work christmas day, but she gets thanksgiving and new years day off. next year she’ll have to work new years day, and the year after that thanksgiving day.
Post # 11
@galloway111: Mine isn’t extended family. My family is the basic family members sans my siblings who moved away. Now, that it’s my husband, daughter, and me, I’m kind of really excited, but hope no one tried to get into a fist fight at my house this year and repeats my and my sister’s college graduation.
Post # 12
@mrsjustinm2b: Thank you for working on Christmas! I know it’s always tough to be that person, but there has to be someone to do it and I’m sure you don’t hear thank you enough :o)
I dread the holiday season as well. It’s always a fight with my husband and I b/c our parents can’t be grown up enough to share us for the holidays. My mom is worse than his, but they both act like children and do things to spite the other or to make sure we’re late going to the other house. Incredibly frustrating for us. On December 27th, we’re always so happy to finally be spending Christmas with each other and opening our gifts to each other.
Post # 13
@galloway111: +1. I agree, I love Christmas and all the decorations, and being with family. I know not everyone has the warm fuzzies when it comes to family, but that’s another can of worms all together. I think it’s more the hub-bub and hype, as opposed to the actual holiday, that gets to most people, making them dread it.
Post # 14
Aww this makes me sad 🙁 I LOVE Christmas!! I love Christmas music I love picking out just the right gift for people I love, I love going to mass christmas eve with my Fiance and his family. I love bakeing yummy goodies with my sister and giving them out to our family and friends. I love seeing the look on my neice and nephews face when they tell me Santa came! and look what he brought them, (and then they play with the box it came in lol) I started listening to christmas music nov 1st 🙂
I can understand hating working on the holidays but maybe you and your husband can make your own christmas traditions and you can look forward to them and the time with him 🙂 I’m getting married 3 weeks after christmas we almost did it december 10th but i didn’t want to lose christmas in the mix of our wedding craziness (nor did i want a christmas themed wedding)
Post # 15
I love Christmas after December 1st. I like to keep it and Thanksgiving separate, but unfortunately, most of the retail world does not!
What I don’t like is the expectation to get sooooooooo many people gifts. I’m terrible at picking out gifts, so now that I’m expected to do so not only for Darling Husband and my family, but now for his family as well? Oy.That and trying to figure out how we have to make everyone happy by attending everyone’s Christmas events and bring the appropriate food/gift to each one.
I do like the delicious foods that appear, fresh snow, Christmas music (although at work, they start it December 1st for 8 hours every day all day……), and the general spirit of it though!
Post # 16
I’m a nurse, work 7p-7a but our holidays are rotated. I worked Christmas last year and it was no biggie for me and I am working Thanksgiving and NY this year. I don’t hate working the holidays or even Christmas; what I hate is my inlaws not understanding the concept of my needing sleep after my shift. After almost 4 years with this shift they still don’t get when I come home it’s night time for me! I think I’ll wake them up one day at 11 pm after 2 hrs sleep and keep them up and we will see how they feel! Working Christmas Eve this year will make the next day rough but I stand my ground and we don’t spend all day with them.