Wall Street Journal Article, When Work Calls, Holidays Put on Hold, Sue Shellenbarger speaks with jobs seekers who are finding new ways to celebrate the holiday season as they accept temporary or seasonal positions.
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Most years, Monshariea Gipson cooks and hosts a Thanksgiving turkey feast for about 20 relatives in her Florissant, Mo., home. This year, her entertaining will be downsized to baking a pumpkin cheesecake in her kitchen after work Wednesday night with her three kids, 13, 11 and 10.
After being laid off last year from her administrative job and applying without success for more than 100 positions, Ms. Gipson finally landed a temporary, seasonal position earlier this month, processing charity applications for a nonprofit organization. While she loves her new job, it has kept her so busy that she has had to redefine what it means to have a happy holiday. Still, “I would definitely much rather work” than host a celebration, Ms. Gipson says.
Holiday priorities are undergoing an overhaul as Americans who lost jobs in the recession slowly return to work. Since many have taken temp jobs with weekend hours or holiday shifts, families are finding new ways to celebrate the season—splitting family gatherings into mini-celebrations, rescheduling feasts, delegating shopping to relatives or even moving holiday festivities to the office.