Christmas comes but once a year, but does it have to be on a Wednesday? If you have a white-collar job, Hump Day is the worst day of the week for Christmas.
Why? Because Christmas isn’t really confined to one day. Many people don’t work on Christmas Eve or the day after Christmas. This year, that takes out Tuesday and Thursday. With the heart of the week gone, who will work on Monday and Friday? And with New Year’s Day falling on a Wednesday, who will be working the following Monday and Tuesday?
What does that mean for your average cubicle inhabitant? It means that every deal and order that needs to get done before the end of the year needs to get done this week. It means that the procrastinators of the business world are suddenly charged with energy, pestering you to get your work done faster than normal so the transaction closes despite their delays and the accounting department doesn’t fall on them like a ton of bricks. It means everything is being done with a special sense of urgency, and speed, and added stress — and of course all of that comes on top of the extra activities that go naturally with the holiday, like wrapping presents and baking cookies and decorating the tree.
So welcome to the pre-Christmas, pre-New Year’s crush. It will be better for us all if we just accept — nay, embrace — the suckiness of this week, grit our teeth, and knuckle down. The hands on the clock will move, the work will get done, and the days will pass. By the end of the week, we can raise a special Christmas cocktail to celebrate our survival.
If you know a white-collar worker, give them a break this week. They need one.