Friday, December 21, 2007

DECEMBER 21, 2007

On behalf of my family and all our staff at 97.7 The Breeze, we wish you a very merry Christmas. We'll be off until Wednesday, December 26th, when we'll return with all of your light rock favorites. Monday and Tuesday, enjoy the Beacon Christmas Special, hosted by Austin Harris.

If you're working on Christmas Eve, or the day after Christmas, or New Year's Eve, or New Year's Day... or all FOUR... you're probably miserable. And this story won't necessarily make you HAPPY, but you should know: At least you're not alone.

According to a new survey, 51% of Americans, or more than half, will be working on Christmas Eve.

72% are working on December 26th, the day after Christmas.

67% have to work on December 31st.

And 21%, or one out of five, even have to be at work on New Year's Day.

Of the people who have to work on those holidays, 31% say their goal is just to get through the day and leave RIGHT on time. 17% say they're going to take advantage of the time with fewer employees in the office to try to make an impression with the bosses.

8% plan on completely slacking off... another 8% say that working on those days is no different than working on any other days... and 5% say they're going to show up at work but try to duck out as early as possible.

1) BUILD IN ALONE TIME. Block out times where you can be alone to do whatever you want to do, so you're not overloaded with family time.

2) DON'T REGRESS. This is easier said than done, but just because you're back home around your siblings who are acting immature doesn't mean you have to do the same. If you find yourself acting like a teenager, take a time-out.

3) INDULGE YOURSELF. You're back home, so even if you're trying to eat healthily, enjoy all the great home-cooked meals. That's one of the best parts of the holidays.

4) DON'T DENOUNCE YOUR PARENTS' TRADITIONS. You might take issue with certain beliefs your parents have, but don't use the holidays as a platform to showcase this.

5) BREAK OUT THE BOARD GAMES. Games keep everyone occupied. Plus everyone laughs... and time goes by without anyone arguing over nonsense.