Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukah! Tis the season to spend with family! It means being off work and spending quality time with those you love. Unless of course your spouse or family member works in the medical field, law enforcement, Military, etc. I am the proud wife of husband who works for a hospital. For the last 5 years we have had to dance around holidays with his work schedule. I’ve spent a Christmas Eve alone at home with Chinese Take Out and Love Actually and I’ve spent a Thanksgiving out at restaurant that proudly serve to those who don’t want to cook. Holiday’s are different in the Mahaney household but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t amazing. We’ve embraced making our own holiday and here are a few ways you can too!
Reschedule The Holiday Celebration. Working on Christmas or Thanksgiving? There is nothing wrong with celebrating a holiday a few days after the fact! If Judd has to work on Christmas, we make time for our own celebration in the days that follow. That means traveling south to visit family and spending quality time with them. It also means celebrating just like we used to…with lots of festive food! Last year we chose to celebrate Thanksgiving on the Saturday after. I made an Italian dinner and both our families came up to celebrate. It didn’t matter that it wasn’t on the official holiday because we made it the best!
Share a Holiday with Friends. If you’re going solo on a holiday, spend time with friends who are in the same boat. I have a few friends whose spouses have jobs that require they work holidays. We try to plan a dinner night or even just get together and have a night in with wine and take out. Make the best of your situation even if it means improvising. My brother came up for Thanksgiving last year so I didn’t have to be alone. We got dressed up and went out for our Thanksgiving dinner. It was perfect!
Technology keeps the family together from afar. Who ever invented Skype and FaceTime is seriously my hero! If you live far from family and can’t make it back for the holidays pull out your iPhone and FaceTime your family! Judd and I always try to do this with his family up north. It’s a great way to keep in touch and see everybody on a holiday where you wish you could be home. I heavily rely on this to keep me going during the holidays where we can’t make it back home.
Whether your working on a holiday or your significant other is, you can always improvise and make the most of your situation. I have learned that it’s not about the exact day but how you spend the free time you have during this time of year. There’s nothing I would rather do than spend time with my family, friends and celebrate the season even if it’s a few weeks late! This year we will be having a subdued holiday with our pending move but it will amazing!
How do you make the holiday’s special for your family? Do you have a similar situation? Share with us!