My husband's schedule is (and my schedule used to be) that he has to work every other year on Christmas. His hours are 6am-2:30pm. It makes for an interesting conundrum. In trying to come up with how to handle Christmas these are some thoughts that have gone through our heads:
* We are always out late with our family on Christmas Eve. We can't keep the kids up late because Santa hasn't had a chance to come yet.
* Wake them up early before daddy leaves for work? We'd have to get them up at 3am to have a chance to get through the pile of gifts before he leaves. And we usually just went to bed at midnight.
* Open gifts without daddy? That is no fun and not "fair" to daddy.
* Wait for daddy to get home from work? WHAT?!?! And have to sit and stare at all those tempting gifts under the tree all day long? No way!
* Ask Santa to come a day early on Christmas Eve? That only works when the kids are super little and don't know how to read the date on a calendar.
So after weighing all our options
When we get home, the kids are even more delighted to find that Santa still visited here, even though we stayed somewhere else. We now have our Christmas together as a family. For dinner we make breakfast for dinner and pretend it is Christmas morning.
While I would prefer a traditional Christmas Day with all of us at home in our jammies, sometimes we need to be flexible. This "upside down" tradition we've created seems to be a suitable solution for all of us.