Working Christmas & New Year's Eve Doesn't Have To Be Depressing

Working Christmas and New Year's Eve Doesn't Have To Be Depressing

Written by Lois Lane
🕒 December 17, 2021

We’ve all heard the classic Christmas story about Ebenezer Scrooge, a man who just hates Christmas to the core.

While our friends and family rejoice on December 25th, and pop bottles of champagne on the last minute of 2021, those of us stuck in the newsroom will likely be saying, “bah hum bug.”

So is it really possible to get through those festive evenings without a scowl? The simple, and most annoying, answer is: Perspective. But there are a few things you can do to help soften the blow.

After years of working holidays, Christmas and New Year’s Eve can start to feel just like any other day, but all hope is not lost! If you find yourself working a shift on those special days, you can still make it special in your own way.

First, find your “work family.”

I mean, the producer that annoys you like a younger brother. Think about the photographer that tells goofy jokes like your grandpa, or the anchor who always has a story for you.

Coordinate with your “chosen family” on everything from wardrobe to newsroom snacks, and maybe even secret Santa or white elephant. Creating these shared experiences with colleagues can lift everyone’s spirit and brighten the mood.

If you’re working the morning shift, trying making a special Christmas or New Year’s dinner to have waiting for you when you get home. If it’s the evening shift you’re scheduled to work, make a special breakfast.

Prepping special menu items—orange rolls for breakfast, or roast beef for dinner—will give you something to look forward to, and provide that holiday taste and feel. Not to mention, sharing a plate with a friend, coworker or neighbor will make it taste even better!

Participating in a pot luck is a great way to feel the holiday cheer.

Another tip: Covering a story that fits the holiday spirit can also be a fun way to celebrate. For example, the first Christmas for a newly adopted child, or special tips from a chef on how to make the best turkey. Of course, this depends on the year-long grinch of the newsroom—your EP (am I kidding?)

Finally, be sure to connect with your family and friends. Even if it’s on the way to a shoot, or while you wait for the PIO to show up for your interview on holiday drunk driving. A quick FaceTime or call to the people who matter most to you can really boost your spirits.

That’s what the holidays are really about, anyway, right? It’s all about checking in with the people you love, and offering a bit of gratitude. Holidays tend to be slower—provided there’s no random Wal-Mart standoff. So take that time to breath, and connect with the people in your life.

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