Once again, the holidays are just around the corner. The streets seem busier, the malls are filled with folks looking for the perfect gifts and there is holiday music playing everywhere you go. As you drive through town, there are beautifully decorated trees proudly displayed in many front windows and houses are lit up with the colours of the season. Unlike the past couple of years, it is wintery white outside and looks like we may finally have a white Christmas this year. It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just over a week away…it’s crazy how time appears to go faster and faster with each passing year.
As holiday preparations, decorating and meal planning are in full swing, I find it hard to get into the Christmas spirit this year. Don’t get me wrong, my tree is up and looking beautiful and our house is lit up with holiday lights, but this year, I will be spending much of the holidays in our local NICU. Being a nurse is great, and I love it, but it is difficult this time of year because hospitals never close…it takes a lot of people, in many different positions, to staff them. Those of us who work during the holidays make the best of it…we bring in food for a potluck lunch and try to bring a little Christmas cheer to our patients and families who must remain in the hospital. We get to play Santa and hand out little gifts to our tiny patient’s. As the end of shift approaches, it is a mad rush to give report to the oncoming staff and finish up so that we can rush home to warm up a holiday dinner and spend time with our own loved ones. As nurses, we get that we all must take our turn working over Christmas…but when your turn comes, it doesn’t make it any easier. So, this year, my Christmas celebrations will not be held on the 24th or 25th, but on the 29th and on Jan 1st…and I have no doubt that a good time will be had at both.