There are those who say I have no sense of fun (untrue) and others who say that Christmas is for children (it's not) but I am accused constantly at the moment of being Scrooge-like with my aversion to Christmas and its distractions appearing earlier each year!

Let's just put the record straight – I LOVE Christmas!  It is the one time of year when I guarantee myself a break from work.  I refuse to work over the Christmas holiday and so enjoy spending time with my family and friends in a work-related-guilt free environment.  But there's the rub ... Christmas starts for me on 24th December, when I finish work and do the ‘Santa trip’ with my husband, delivering pressies.  We then have a relaxing break and feel refreshed for the start of the new year.  So, what's wrong with that? 

Well, everything, it would appear.  The fact that I don't 'ho, ho,ho' my way through December (and worse still, November) is seen as 'bah humbug' by colleagues and I am regularly asked 'Don't you like Christmas then?' when actually the opposite is true.

By way of illustration, I am running 2 customer care workshops in December – the first being next week (8-9 December) and the second being Christmas week (21-22 December).  When these were planned, I was told categorically that no-one would attend the second workshop so there is no point in planning it.  Despite these reassurances, I went ahead and did so and find that almost double the first workshop attendees are attending the second workshop.  It appears that there is an appetite for work in the run up to Christmas after all!

Why, then, am I expected to feel bad about my attitude to work in the run up to Christmas?   Is it me...?

About the author
Jooli Atkins (FBCS, CITP) has been involved in the IT profession for the past 25 years, mainly in Learning and Development. She is the Chair of the BCS Learning and Development Specialist Group and CITP assessor as well as being an accredited SFIA consultant, specialising in Business Change.

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