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Not home for the holidays

Not home for the holidays

Nobody enjoys working on the holidays, but unfortunately in this industry it’s inevitable. This was my first holiday season working full time, so I tried to cope with it the best way possible. I’m lucky enough to be close to my family, so when I get off work I have the opportunity to spend time with them. Others do not have this luxury. Still, working a 10-hour shift during the holiday season can put a damper on your mood. For you young hoteliers entering the industry, let me share with you how I coped:
  1. I took comfort in my fellow co-workers spending the holidays at the hotel with me. They have become my second family, after all.
  2. The nostalgia of my property during the holidays is very elevating. It was nice to be in such a festive atmosphere.
  3. I had a tendency to live vicariously through my guests. I found myself getting excited about their holiday plans, even though I wasn’t partaking in them.
  4. I took the opportunity to truly delight some of my guests staying with us for the holidays, and they were so grateful that I took the time to make their holiday extra special.
  5. Holiday parties!
  6. I never forgot it was the holidays, and I had A LOT to be thankful for.
Here are a few neat ideas I heard from guests and friends that were away for the holidays: 
  1. Eat with your family via webcam.
  2. Have your family send you all the ingredients for their holiday dinner and instructions on how to make it. Then (attempt to) make it.
  3. Spend the holidays with the family of a friend or co-worker.
  4. Go out to dinner and treat yourself.
  5. Volunteer your time to help the less fortunate.
  6. Try celebrating with a different custom to broaden your horizons.
Hope you had a happy and safe holiday season!
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