What do Easter, Mother’s Day, July 4th, and Christmas have in common?? My brand new holiday schedule!!! UGH.
I knew about Christmas and 4th of July. Potentially it is literally just Christmas Day, not necessarily a block for 4 straight days like my last job. Fourth of July is super fun but we don’t have a huge family tradition to do anything specific. I knew my work weekend would probably fall on Easter. I definitely was not thrilled about that. Then I found out my work weekend was changing! Then I found out that it was changing to Mother’s Day. THEN I found out that my interim schedule until I get on the same rotation includes Mother’s Day…and Easter.
Big, big bummed out. It could definitely be worse. Way worse. Working in a hospital, the chances of working Christmas is often likely. I have amazingly avoided it for the past 4 years now (mostly due to winter babies and their due dates :). I’ve also managed to work Christmas at every new job so I’m not terribly surprised. Disappointed but not unexpected. Mother’s Day and Easter are probably my next two favorite holidays. They are meaningful, sacred, and always celebrated. Labor Day and Memorial Day are usually just long weekends for us. Thanksgiving is fantastic as far as thankfulness and food goes, but I’d almost rather work it in order to have Christmas and the other minor holidays off. No such luck.
The thought of missing my sweet, curly haired little girl in her Easter dress and missing her first “active” Easter egg hunt makes my eyes tear up. Don’t even get me started on Christmas stockings and watching them play with their toys all day.
It’s almost enough to send me back to square one. Lists are sometimes my saving grace. I literally have to see all of the reasons on paper and see how it is going to work so here are some of the ways I have coped in the past and some of the ways I plan to cope with these new hurdles:
- Start a new family tradition or an odd/creative way to celebrate.
- Teach my children the importance of the holiday vs. my own hang-ups.
- Make the next closest or biggest holiday really fun.
- Have my husband do something special with them to get some extra Daddy time in.
- Focus on the holidays I have off or will get off next year.
- Teach my children work ethic and how to handle responsibility.
- Show my children how to handle disappointment.
- Find ways to totally take the focus off myself…working with a charity, donating toys, feeding meals…before/after work
- Make special crafts/cards ahead of time.
- Spend any time anywhere anytime with my husband and family. Usually it is a much bigger deal to me than it is for them…so as long as I spend time with them and do not pass along my stress to them they are thrilled to be together.