Being a Flight Attendant is a great job most of the time, but the hardest part is not being in control of your time. Well it's Christmas time and this reality is a little difficult right now. I have my Christmas Traditions and they are having to be tweaked a little this year. Starting Christmas Eve, my kids have always returned from The Campbell's to come home to me. That is when they opened their one Christmas Eve present...their Christmas PJ's. Then Christmas morning we would wake up and they would open thieir Santa presents, while our Christmas breakfast casserole was in the oven. The day is then filled with family activites, like going to the Hildreths for lunch and dirty Santa, then the Wills family get together. Well, needless to say, this year things will be different! I'm not off on Christmas so I needed to figure out when we could all get together. Not easy with 12 people, most of them young adults! The only day that would work was the 18th, which happened to be my sisters Birthday, also. She was going to be at the lake, so we decided to have Christmas there. Which this seems like a great idea now, because of several reasons. We will all be able to turn off and spend the time together, which is the most important thing at Christmas time or ANYTIME for a flight attendant who loses out on special times with friends and family so much during the month. The other good thing for doing it down there is I can relax and not feel in control of it all. We will get together and all work together to pull it together.
All of this being said, I know it is going to be hard being alone at Christmas and not being with my family, but I can hope to be flying with a good crew and it will be better than expected. I did stumble upon someone on the trade board that wanted to trade the 24th for 30th. I traded real quick with her and now get to spend Christmas Eve at home.
Time is precious and the key (whether you are a f/a or not) is to make the most of your time with your family and close friends!