So imagine how I felt about having to go to work on the Monday after Christmas!
I don’t even think I’m exaggerating when I say that I believe my company was the only one open in the entire United States today.
I’m pretty sure even the Police and Fire Departments were closed. When Christmas falls on a Sunday, then the nation observes the holiday on Monday, am I right?
Normally, we get a pretty sweet deal at Christmas: the office closes at noon on Christmas Eve and then we are off for Christmas.
This year, however, with the 24th and 25th falling on the weekend, we got nothing.
We had to work a full day on Friday and then we were back at it for a full day today. No extra time off to celebrate the holidays.
Yes, Modern Philosophers, it sucked.
Since Christmas isn’t a happy time for me, the one thing it had going for it was time away from work to let me recharge my batteries and get some writing done.
But I was deprived of that this year.
I’m not sure why Human Resources decided to take away our end of the year mini vacation (we will also lose out on time off for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day), but all I could think of as I entered the office this morning was that maybe we were under new ownership (English perhaps?).
I checked for a sign to indicate this change, but there was nothing there. It was the same company name on the sign.
Just a new philosophy about Christmas.
I guess there were some benefits to being one of the few people in the country working on a bitterly cold December 26.
There was no line at the gas station this morning when I stopped to fill up my tank. Not that there ever is, but the place was even more abandoned than usual.
There were no other cars on the highway during my drive to work. For a moment, I thought I was in a movie about the apocalypse and the only human left on Earth.
The phone didn’t ring much today, which means stress levels were low (although boredom levels hit an all time high).
There wasn’t much traffic on the drive home.
Those silver linings are tarnished at best, but at least they are a glass half full way to look at the day (even though I would’ve preferred that glass to be half full at my home as I relaxed and enjoyed a day off).
I don’t really have much to say about all this, Modern Philosophers, other than that it was a definite blow to employee morale, and it boggles my mind that the company didn’t think it would be a negative to deprive us of time off for Christmas.
Just a little more incentive to push harder for a full time writing gig, I guess.
Did you get today off? Do you think it’s weird that I had to work?
Merry Last Monday of 2016!
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