The Joy of Working the Day After Christmas

Christmas, work humor, a day in the life, working after Christmas, Monday, humor, Modern PhilosopherI don’t like working, Modern Philosophers, and I certainly don’t like working on Mondays.

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.

Scrooge, Christmas, work humor, holiday hours, humor, Modern PhilosopherI’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).

Modern Philosopher, work humor, Christmas, Bah Humbug, humor, a day in the lifeI 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!

Do a hardworking man a favor and follow my blog.  Follow me on Pinterest, too, because working today was a bitter pill to swallow at the holidays.


About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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17 Responses to The Joy of Working the Day After Christmas

  1. Allie P. says:

    That’s just cruel. I had the day off, but so did my kids, so I still had to work today – but for free.

  2. Gail says:

    My company closed today and will be closed January 2nd. I think it’s odd that your company is not extending these weekends.

  3. Physician’s offices, hospitals, casinos, grocery stores- everything is open here all the time (the casinos and hospitals never close), which means people work here all the time. I worked in a clinic and only had extra days off if the holiday fell on a Friday or Monday. In fact, my first day at my new job will be on January 2, so no extra days there, either.

    Positive spin: working gets your mind off the horrible Christmas holiday you dislike so much. Yay! Christmas is over!

    • Austin says:

      Not here. We work with doctors’ offices and they were all closed, which kept us from being able to follow up on things. But like you said, it was quiet and I was able to get things done without interruption. I just look forward to the shorter weeks at the end of the year, you know?

      • Absolutely. So plan a vacation! A warm, tropical get-away from the frost of Maine. You can write and develop a spicy new screenplay, hang out on a beach, drink tropical adult beverages with little pink umbrellas floating on top, and have a hot romance with an island woman. Be a little adventurous for those of us single parents who can’t just fly off and do that stuff! 😀

      • Austin says:

        Fine. I will do that just for you. 🙂

  4. grannyK says:

    The buggers! We worked yesterday and will work next Monday as well, but we need money desperately so I won’t complain! Still, I think it would have been nice if your employer would have closed for the Monday after Christmas at least!

  5. tomc49 says:

    I have been in that situation often enough. I am retired thanks be to God. I live in The Netherlands. I feel sorry for my fellow Americans.

  6. Louise says:

    Nup. I too work on the Monday. Cos’i work in a large supermarket and all that glittery glamorous(not!!!) tinsel, Xmas promos etc had to be taken down, or turned into CRAZEEE Boxing Day (aka cheap) sale items. of course we had a hot day on Christmas day then its since been followed by a mild day, and today the DEVIL blew into town with the gale force angels of hell called the north wind. So you were not alone. Well not in the southern hemisphere.anyway. I could get through chrissy day quick enough. I was glad to go back to work.

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