I have three young children, so you know that Christmas morning is a big deal around our house.
However, it also presents a problem for me.
For the last three years I have had to work on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I don’t want to ruin Christmas by not being with my family, but on the other hand these emergency repairs pay big money so I can’t afford to turn them down. The only reason I can afford to have a nice Christmas for my kids is by working these extra jobs. The contractor I work for has a 24 hour emergency HVAC help line, so people can call us 24/7 for help. When customers need heating repair after hours it costs more, and if they want help on a major holiday, it costs A LOT more. Taking a furnace repair job on Christmas will pay triple my normal rate, so you understand why I have to take the call. Last Christmas morning I got an emergency furnace repair call, and my oldest son Jack asked if he could come with me. He wanted to spend the holiday with his dad, even if that meant being in a basement and working on a broken heater! Not only did I take him with me, but I gave him an official shirt and baseball cap with the logo of the HVAC company on it, to make him feel like a real employee. It took us about two hours to fix that furnace, and I must admit it has become one of my favorite Christmas memories.