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Beating the Holiday Work Blues

Today, on Christmas Eve, we’d like to salute all those people out there who find themselves working over the holidays – you are not alone, friends. Commerce is a beast that never truly slumbers in America, even in the face of federal holidays and centuries of tradition. It is the yin and yang of things: As long as there are people who are not working, there will be people who are to make sure they have stuff to do, things to buy and places to go. To quote one wise cowboy: "Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes, well, he eats you." That is to say, every once in a while we find ourselves holding the less fun end of the stick. But, even when we do, there is always a silver lining that can hopefully cheer us up. <strong>1. Having any job in this economy is a gift.</strong> It’s no secret that times are tough; a fact that can make the holidays even more stressful than usual. Working over the holidays seems like an injustice in a lot of ways, but sometimes it’s better than not working at all. <strong>2. Griping about “the 1%” is healthy.</strong> Everybody needs to let off steam, even (especially?) around the holidays. One way to do that is to bond with coworkers over your shared hatred of The Man. Contempt for the elite is not necessarily a good thing, but draining the poison out of your fangs at work is always better than doing it at home. <strong>3. We (the workers) are all in it together.</strong> This is by no means a universal fact, but the hope is that your “work family” is something special to you; a group for whom you are willing to go the extra mile to help. It could be that your coworkers need you, and if they do then it’s good that you’re there for them. <strong>4. Helping people is a good thing.</strong> Some holiday jobs are harder than others and in those jobs you may find it very easy to snap at the customer – but they are innocent. The barista who pulls Christmas cappuccinos, the sales clerk who rings up last-minute purchases and the cabbie who delivers revelers to their parties are all doing awesome work, and we thank you for it. <strong>5. No one can really take your holiday away.</strong> Uncle Sam may have settled on an official day, but the holidays will always be what you make of it. Official holidays are totally arbitrary and you have the power to create a special moment for your loved ones on any day you choose. That makes you the boss and <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes you can give yourself a little break once the jolly red giant heads back to the North Pole. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all!
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