Growing up, my family hardly ever celebrated holidays on their calendar date. With dad working as an airline pilot, we learned to be flexible. We might celebrate Christmas the weekend before or even as late as the first week of January. We couldn't reschedule the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but our Thanksgiving meal featuring mom's delicious cooking and our cousin's famous mashed potatoes - that we could rearrange for a time when my father was home. The only celebration we couldn't reschedule was the 4th of July. (The city's fire marshal wasn't keen to let us shoot fireworks weeks well past our country's Independence Day celebration.)
Now I'm grown up and married and somehow being away on the holidays is much, much harder than I expected. The holidays don't stop or rearrange themselves when I'm gone. There is enormous guilt in knowing that your loved one will be home alone going to Easter church services or that your spouse is unwrapping gifts Christmas Eve with his family while you're stuck doing a Miami turn. Working on the holidays is certainly one of the LEAST glamorous parts of being a flight attendant.
Below is a photo journal of the working holidays I've taken since beginning my career as a flight attendant almost a year and a half ago.
I hope you all had a blessed Easter this past Sunday!
Jesus Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!
~ Jenn Grahams
I got stuck with in Washington D.C. with an afternoon Chicago turn assignment. In the morning, I went to a church service before heading out. I found these beautiful cherry blossoms on my way to the church!
I was assigned a two day trip with a San Diego layover. My co-worker and I decorated the beverage cart with Christmas lights. :) Unfortunately, I can't post any pictures of myself in uniform, but here are a few snapshots from that trip.
I had a pretty amazing three day trip with a LONG layovers in Miami, Florida and Vancouver, Canada! Since Canada's Thanksgiving is celebrated on a different date than in the United States, all businesses were open! My co-worker and I splurged for a delicious steak dinner on the water at the Flying Beaver Bar & Grill.
This was a very depressing day for me. I was stuck in New York City at my crashpad sitting "on reserve" which basically meant the only reason I couldn't go home was because I was the "back up" flight attendant on call. I wasn't even assigned a trip. My flatmate tried to cheer me up by buying me some chocolates. :)
I was on reserve in New York City, but I had company! My dad snagged a NYC layover and my mother and sister flew in standby so we were able to spend the day together! We attended an amazing Christmas Day church service at the Korean Church of Queens. Even though the songs were sung in Korean, we could recognize the tunes of the classics such as "O' Come All Ye Faithful" and "Joy to the World". Also, the pastor included a translation of his sermon on PowerPoint slides. In was actually a really amazing experience! That night we visited the Christmas market in Bryant Park!