Christmas Vacation and PTO

This isn’t charity; it’s family. – Clark Griswold

I’m sorry, this is our family’s first kidnapping. – Ellen Griswold

We’re gonna have the hap- hap- happiest Christmas. – Clark Griswold

I don’t know what to say, but it’s Christmas and we’re all in misery. – Ellen Griswold

Worse?  How could things get any worse?  Take a look around you, Ellen!  WE’re at the threshold of Hell. – Clark Griswold

Dad, you taught me everything I know about exterior illumination. – Clark Griswold

Welcome to our home – what’s left of it. – Ellen Griswold


Ah, the memories of Christmas.  Especially when those memories involve the annual viewing of the movie “Christmas Vacation”.  So many great quotes from that movie.  These quotes are kind of funny on their own, but if you know the context of the movie, they are hilarious.  The bigger storyline adds so much color.  If you haven’t seen it, you have to watch the movie.  It’s a classic.

While the humor may Christmas vacationeasily be left in the movie, how close to real do you find these quotes in relation to your own family Christmas experiences?  Probably closer to reality than we may like to admit.  Or maybe close enough that you are going to absolutely own it and rock it….

Have I spurred some Christmas memories of your own?  I hope so.  Christmas can be great time with family, or at least memories that will last forever and we will be able to laugh about later.  Either way, you want to be there to experience it.

So now we come to our question of the day.  Do you have enough paid time off to be with your family for Christmas?

We talk a lot about budgeting our money.  But have you ever looked at budgeting your time off like budgeting your money?  Budgeting your time off could actually make a difference in your wallet too.

Christmas is one thing.  We like and we want to be there.  But if push comes to shove, we could miss most of the festivities for the sake of keeping our employment.  But what about those other times when missing work just isn’t an option?  It might be a family emergency or a significant illness.

Maybe they will let you miss work without having the paid time off to use, but you may well not get paid for it.  What would that do to your budget?

So, just like with do with goals, plans, and our money, look ahead at your coming year.  What events do you intend to take time off for?  How many days off do you get in a year?  Is it enough to cover all of your plans?  Do your plans leave at least a couple of days off for emergencies?

Just like budgeting our money, we can budget the days off that our employers allow.  Then we can enjoy all of those fine memory-making moments that are sure to happen and still get to go back to work on Monday.

If missing work has already caused some financial stress for you, the counselors at the Center for Financial Resources are here to help.  We can help you find a plan and see a light at the end of the tunnel.  You can schedule an appointment by calling us at 605-330-2700 or by going to our website.


written by Breck Miller, Community Relations Coordinator
LSS Center for Financial Resources
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