My Holiday Tradition Is My Mom Working On Christmas To Take Care Of Your Loved Ones

My Holiday Tradition Is My Mom Working On Christmas To Take Care Of Your Loved Ones

My family makes a sacrifice during the holidays so you don't have a sad one.


Ever since I was about 12, my mom got a job as a nurse. As a health professional, her care for people does not stop after her clock out time. It comes home with her. Her worrying about certain patients when she is home. She calls the center on her days off to make sure everything is working smoothly so you do not get a phone call about your grandma or grandpa passing away.

My mom works on Christmas Day which means I spend about three hours of Christmas with one of my favorite people in the world.

My family stays up until Christmas Eve where we open all our presents. My mom wakes up minutes before midnight so she gets the maximum amount of sleep so she can be sharp at work. My mom is on her feet all day, running up and down the halls to make sure meds are given, shots are dispersed and families are happy. She has to deal with all the families that did not bother to show up the other 364 days of the year to visit their sick loved ones. The ones that claim they know better than my mom when it comes to taking care of their family member. Just let my mom do her job so she can go home with her family.

People tend to feel sorry for me when I tell them that my mom works on Christmas, but I am not sad. My mom has an important job, I get that. I also get that if it was not for police officers, firefighters, doctors, and nurses to work on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, then other people would have a sucky holiday.

So I want to take the time to thank people like my mom.

Please appreciate people who have to have work on holidays and be away from families. Take the time to be happy about being around your own family on the holidays. Appreciate the time you have with them. My mom sees so many sad days with people who passed away at her job so she knows first hand what it means to be grateful.

I wish we could have those all day celebrations with the Christmas parties and the gingerbread making and all that other basic stuff, but that does not mean that what we have is worse. It is just different and so are we. Which makes this our own tradition.

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Making The Most Out Of Christmas Break

Don't stress about getting to do everything, choose what makes you happiest.

As a college freshman, I cannot wait to go home for Christmas break. Don't get me wrong, I am so happy at my school. I wouldn't change my decision for the world. I have found friends here that I adore, I know all the best places to eat around campus, and I actually enjoy my classes, most of the time. However, nothing sounds better than a Christmas movie, cuddled up on my couch with my dog with no more stress about finals as my mom is baking something delicious.

With a month off for Christmas break, there are so many options, things to do, and people to see. I know the month is going to fly by and I am determined to make the most out of it.

Of course, I am going to set aside ample time to spend with my high school friends that I haven't seen in three months. I will definitely need a girls day, getting our nails done and telling the stories about the crazy memories we have created while we were apart. The friends I have made here are wonderful but nothing beats a good gossip session with my best friends at home.

Shopping. The word that makes for a long day of fun and an empty bank account afterward. I will definitely be chasing those holiday deals with my mom and sister. As always, we will stop by Starbucks to prepare for our long day out and end the day with a Christmas movie by the fire while we bake cookies.

Don't forget about the Christmas lights! After all, this time only comes once a year and it truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Take in the moments of driving around, house to house, admiring the array before your eyes.

This year, I'm going to go to all the Christmas parties I'm invited to. The amount of joy that surrounds the holiday season never ceases to amaze me and I want to be apart of it all while I'm home this year. No matter how many times I get asked: "How is school going?" I will make it my mission to be at every party. This is a great way to keep connections with family and friends both near and far, who knows when you might need a place to crash on your next road trip!

There are so many options for Christmas break and prioritizing the choices I have is going to be difficult because after all, a month isn't that long. While I am faced with many options, I am going to do what makes me happiest. Go on the late night adventures, visit your friends and family, and make the most out of this time because you'll never get it back. Also, don't forget to take the leftovers back to school with you! It will be like a little piece of heaven as you warm them up in the microwave.

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10 Reasons Why Having A Boyfriend Is Especially Awesome Around The Holidays

No better time of the year than Winter break to make all the memories with your honey freezing in the weather or sweating by the fireplace.


A date for looking at Christmas lights is on the top of the list, for sure.

1. You have someone to do all of the activities with

He's like your built-in partner for everything. Wanna watch a movie? Take a nap? Need someone to help you clean your room? You've got your person.

2. You can steal his hoodies when its chilly outside

It doesn't even have to be cold for you to want to. Chances are its a size or two bigger than you need and his cologne is all over it.

3. Chances are he's more willing to drive in the snow than you are 

Guys typically have a little more of a heavy duty vehicle. If you've got a good man, he might even rescue you an hour away in a blizzard if you think you're tougher than the weather.

4. Christmas movie partner!!

Do I need to add more?

5. He can always keep you warm

Bear hugs. Cuddles. His trucks dual air 90 degree heat on your side. He'll find a way to keep you warm.

6. Your family holiday events partner

Multiple Thanksgivings and Christmas' are a breeze with your favorite person by your side. Plus, no one to ask you where your plus one is or why you're single.

7. Matching Christmas pajamas

I don't know about you, but my family has matching Christmas jammies every year. You can even get your favorite person in on them too for a cute insta picture.

8. Your errand running partner

He's your built-in Christmas shopping partner so you aren't bored standing in line forever or while you're still shopping and he can act as your place holder.

9. You aren't the only single one in your family on Christmas Eve anymore. 

It's awkward when all of your siblings are taking pictures with their others, but when you've found your person, you can do all the same things, including looking forward to your new year's kiss.

10. Making more memories

No better time of the year than Winter break to make all the memories with your honey freezing in the weather or sweating by the fireplace.

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