Leading an organization can be summed up with 1 word, 4 letters long… W-O-R-K. Christmas is the “biggest” holiday of the year for those who celebrate. We have made it such a large holiday that many times the holiday break can be summed up with 1 word, 4 letters long… W-O-R-K!
Just as I’ve blogged about taking care of yourself throughout the year, I think it’s equally as important to not work too much during the holiday break and enjoy your time off. From experience, I know we see our two-week holiday vacation as a time to catch up on work that we hadn’t been able to get done while school is in. I also have experienced the busyness of holiday “stuff”. Spending days in the kitchen preparing 20 dishes for Christmas or running around town day after day looking for the perfect Christmas gift.
I have come to appreciate the holiday break and to make a conscious effort to allow myself to enjoy it. For the two weeks off, I enjoy spending time catching up with friends that I can’t seem to find time to hang out with during the school year. I start buying my gifts the week of Thanksgiving and the goal is to be finished by the time holiday vacation begins. I have come to believe that we don’t need 20 dishes for our Christmas meal.
Christmas Challenge: list 5 things you must do this Christmas break to just have fun and enjoy yourself. Then, hold yourself to checking off each item on your list.
Click on the following link to access the 5 “Must Do’s” for Christmas:
Paula Patterson is a former principal who shares practical points on the principalship.