Many people in our office, myself included, will be traveling tomorrow to visit friends and family for Thanksgiving. I grew up in Massachusetts and will be heading up north for a long weekend. While Turkey Day often sneaks up on me, and it usually takes a couple of prodding e-mails from my mother before I book a flight, it at least gets me in gear for my holiday planning.
My family celebrates Christmas, and now is a good time to plan travel and book flights before they fill up and rates skyrocket. The scheduling is the tricky part. As anyone with a big family can attest to, getting everyone in the same place at the same time is a challenge.
For the last few years, my family has been celebrating Christmas with a big party at my cousin's house. The party usually takes place on Christmas Eve, because my cousin is an EMT and often works on Christmas Day.
When I e-mailed my cousins last week to see what the plans were for this year, it reminded me of how many healthcare workers have the added scheduling difficulties of working on and around the holidays.
I just want to take a moment to let you know that your important work is appreciated. I hope you all have safe and happy holidays, and get to spend time with your friends and family, no matter what or when you celebrate.