Christmas Vacation

I worked for 43 years, most of that fulltime.  I rarely took time off at Christmas.  I was not being a martyr 😊; I was saving my leave time for travel.  Fortunately, I pretty much always had Christmas Day and New Years Day off.  I would take a day or two around Christmas, but that was about it. My husband was the same way.  Our poor daughter probably suffered from us not being home with her when she was younger and off school. When she was older, it was probably just fine!

I am taking 2 weeks off at Christmas this year. 

This is my third Christmas as a retired person, so you could argue that I was off the last two years.  You aren’t wrong.  But I do have a job moderating a monthly public health webinar for the University of Washington.  In addition to moderating, I recruit speakers and participate in calls.  This year I put my ‘out of office on’ starting today.

This year I want to focus on being present and more intentional for the next couple of weeks.  In addition to not working, I am not going to take on any major tasks from my long to do list. 

My husband asked me what I was going to do today.  My answer was ‘walk and read’.  This will likely be my answer moving forward.

In addition to walking and reading (mostly Christmas mysteries), I am going to:

  • Drink tea
  • Make our airline reservations for Italy in May – a major task, but a happy one!
  • Watch my favorite holiday movies – I’ve already watched White Christmas twice
  • Enjoy a visit from our daughter, her husband, and our ‘grand dog’ – pictured above
  • Eat lots of fresh Dungeness crab
  • Practice gratitude for my amazing family and friends
  • Continue my quest to secure more BinaxNOW COVID-19 antigen self-tests to keep on hand (on my Christmas wish list)!

What I am going to try NOT to do:

  • Obsess about Omicron

“I don’t want to spend the holidays dead!” 

Ellen Griswold, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 1989

I will be posting over the next two weeks, but not on a fixed schedule.

Allene

One thought on “Christmas Vacation

  1. Thanks! I so enjoyed your plan. Have 🤩 fun.

    On Mon, Dec 20, 2021 at 3:50 AM Travels with Allene wrote:

    > Allene Kolstead posted: ” I worked for 43 years, most of that fulltime. I > rarely took time off at Christmas. I was not being a martyr [image: 😊]; > I was saving my leave time for travel. Fortunately, I pretty much always > had Christmas Day and New Years Day off. I would take a day or two” >

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