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June 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #1128
hi there:iʹll be heading down there in about a month to work as a janitor. iʹm just curious about what holidays are like there. do you take the day off and do something special to celibrate holidaysʔ do the workers have christmas gifts mailed to themʔ and if they do how soon do they need to get mailed before christmas in order to arrive in timeʔ do you exchange gifts on christmas with each otherʔ iʹm just wondering if i should bring some small gifts down with me. iʹd appreciate your responses.June 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #9591
if youʹre a gift-givy type of person, then by all means bring a few small items. if youʹre crafty, it might be fun to make something or if you have a skill (massage…whatever)…possibilities are endless.for thanksgiving, christmas and new yearʹs most people get two days off. there are exceptions of course – kitchen staff, firefighters and the poor overworked vmf generator mechanic (and others)have to work on the holidays. many partake in copious libations during those times and the dining facility puts out one helluva good meal for thanksgiving and christmas. some people dress up, others wear their ripped up carhartts and t-shirts. my folks usually ship me a small package, some people get huge packages…i prefer small to nothing. iʹve got too much stuff as it is. i think the usap participantʹs guide can give you a recommendation on when to have x-mas packages mailed by to get ʹem here. in 2005 the space station got their x-mas mail before mcmurdo. much grizzling went on over it. by the time your x-mas goodies get here, itʹll be time to mail ʹem back so you havenʹt got to carry them while traveling. consumables are a good thing to have shipped down.June 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #9592
xmas and tday on the ice are very low-key holidays compared with home … no commercials, no shopping, no irritating crowds, no bell ringers and almost more focused on the important things like friends and family, i enjoyed it immensely … but if you want the trappings of xmas, a small fake tree for example, bring it with you, or do what many of us do and forego it and enjoy a different way of celebrating.
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