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Blogmas Day 4: Struggles Of Working Through The Holidays

The holidays are literally my favorite time of year and has been the most exciting time for me ever since I was a kid. But, if you’re a regular reader here, then you know that I just got my very first job. Some jobs let you off on the holidays, but sadly mine does not. I’m along with many other holiday lovers that have to spend part of their Christmas with (sometimes very rude) strangers.

For a lot of you workers out there, I know you may be used to this if you work somewhere that makes you work on the holidays, but because I’m new to it, it’ll be a sad time for me. The experience I had on Thanksgiving alone was sad. There were so many rude people that day and what for? I’m here serving you when I should be home with my family.

The worst part about working through the holidays is just not letting work get your holiday spirit down. Some jobs might help keep it up a little bit despite having to work and deal with some rude customers. For example, maybe you get to decorate your establishment with holiday decorations or you get to be festive and wear Santa hats or cute festive clothing. Your establishment might even play Christmas music, which may be annoying and tiring after a while for some but a joy or a Christmas lover like me. If your job lets you do any of that stuff, then I’d call you lucky. As far as I’m aware, my job doesn’t let us do any of those things, which makes it more depressing that I’m working through the holidays and missing part of my family time.

It completely sucks, but to end this on a good note, if you’re in the same boat as me then here are just a few ways I’m going to try to stay in the holiday spirit at work that maybe you can try as well if you’d like.

1. Discreet Holiday Wear. If you can’t put on festive wear, then try wearing festive makeup (if you do wear makeup). If you can’t go too all out since you’re at work, then a simple red lip might even be enough to help put you in the holiday spirit. Socks don’t show in your uniform? Then put on some festive ones! If they don’t show then no one will know what’s underneath and you can still add that little touch to a boring uniform.

2. Sing. Does your establishment not play music? Create your own! My job is at least a little more laid back in other ways, so I’m able to hum or sing a little bit with no one caring. If your job is the same and you like to sing or hum then you should do it to some Christmas tunes! I think that’ll help a lot to get through a workday.

3. Service With A Smile. The last thing I can think of to try is to just try my best to continue to stay in my holiday cheer and wish my customers a happy holidays/Merry Christmas. Even if they have a nasty attitude and are being a Scrooge, sometimes instead of letting those nasty attitudes get you down, you have to let your positive attitude lift them up!

Do you have to work on the holidays? What’re your tips to getting through with your holiday spirit remaining intact? We can get through this struggle together! Happy Holidays!


  1. I imagine it must be very hard to work over the holidays, especially if your establishment does not put Christmas decoration. I was lucky enough when I was working in the hospitality industry to get off for the holidays. What else you can do it is wear Christmas earrings, if it is allowed to wear jewellery where you work. Small discreet ones can work and bring some of the Christmas spirit. 🙂

  2. I’ve worked a few times during the holidays, but luckily we were allowed to decorate our cubicles and usually had holiday parties at work. It’s pretty great when employers recognize that workers are human, too!

  3. I just got a new job too since relocating to Atlanta. Before then I used to work retail and had to work every holiday and it sucked. My parents live in Texas, so that made it worse because I couldn’t even see them after work; as I was still living in Michigan at the time. My job now allows me to have some holidays off and I’m excited that I get to go to Texas this Christmas, even if it’s only for a few days. I know exactly how you feel though so just remain positive and in the holiday spirit. Maybe even suggest a Christmas party or Secret Santa to your job. That might help make things better. Otherwise, I hope you have the best holiday possible.

    • Thank you love! and yea it really sucks. I’m not sure how long I’ll have to work, but I was told everyone as to work for like 3 hours so I guess I’ll just have to see. The christmas party sounds like a fun idea! Thanks for the suggestions and I hope you have a happy holiday as well!

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