So it looks like I'll be working Christmas Day 630-1430. I did ask for it off but it's looking unlikely. Especially as I would of just returned from 14 months mat leave lol.
So I'm wondering what others do if one parent is working? Do you open presents early? Do something big with family another day? Do you save a present or two for when you/your partner get home?
And most importantly are your kids ok with you not being there? This is what hurts me most of all, I always had my parents there and couldn't imagine what it would if been like with one not there. But unfortunately in my job it's something I'll have to deal with every couple of years
Before kids I was happy to work it, I enjoyed the money.
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31-08-2016 16:09 #1
Working on Christmas Day
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31-08-2016 16:11 #2
Subbing as it's the first year we face the prospect of hubby working. I'm hoping if he is that it's an afternoon shift. Your girls are quite young, yes? Would you eldest know if you had Christmas on another day?
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31-08-2016 16:51 #3Senior Member
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My husband worked 6-6 on our eldest' first Xmas plus an hour commute each way. We did presents the night before and I went and spent the day at my parents house. He joined us for a late dinner there.
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31-08-2016 16:54 #4
DH is often away at xmas. We do presents etc when he gets back. (DDS1&2 still celebrate on the day at their mum's place).
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31-08-2016 16:57 #5
We change the date
31-08-2016 17:18 #6
Mum used to work a shift every few years. She would request an afternoon shift so we would all open pressies together, have an early lunch, then she would go off to work & we would all be having a rest and playing with our new toys!
Could you let the kids open a few pressies on Xmas eve so they have something fun to do in the morning, then have a festive dinner?
Or if your family is close by maybe your DH could take the kids to visit in the morning & come home to do present opening etc when you get home?
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31-08-2016 17:32 #7
The last two Christmases DH was working, but he was on night shifts. So we opened the presents quickly when he got home at 7am, I did all the putting together and etc while he went to bed. He woke up in time for dinner and we had a Christmas dinner then.
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31-08-2016 17:46 #8Senior Member
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For those times I would just wake up extra early ro open presents but I guess it depends on your kids age.
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31-08-2016 18:06 #9
I'd do something with family (sister, bil, niece, parents) another day. We're interstate every second year, and when we're here we just do whatever works for all of us.
As for the kids and pressies...not sure. Maybe let them open a couple when I was out, and save the rest until I got back. We'd have to figure it out between DP, the kids and I.
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31-08-2016 20:10 #10
A friend of mine has changed the date in the past (birthdays included) though that is much easier when your kiddies are too young to understand dates.
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