Santa’s little helper – a christmas job

It’s been three years since I left work. Three years of wearing whatever I like, running to my own schedule, and being based at home.Blogging has however become my job of course, but it isn’t quite the same as a guaranteed income, a workplace that you head off to each day, seeking solace in conversations about stuff other than kids, and what’s going on ‘out there’.

Whilst I’ve agonised about returning to my career in science, the logistics just don’t quite fit yet – with one child in pre-school and one in school, the longing for something that works around the kids, pays more than the childcare and is basically worth it right now just doesn’t quite fit. After all, blogging as a job ticks so many boxes it’d perhaps be crazy to go and get a job in a supermarket for the same financial gain. And we’re managing okay, so it figures to stay as is for now.

But then there’s Christmas.

That time of year the monthly outgoings go off the chart due to more social events than the rest of the year put together, and gifts to make the perfect Christmas for everyone – all our HUGE extended family. Of course we could have budgeted all year, shopped early blah blah blah but I just can’t think about Chrimbo until after our youngests’ birthday at Halloween. Whatever way you look at it, it’s a stretch on the usual monthly numbers and also a time when spending rules as we know it go straight down the chimney.

Last year I joked about applying for a job at a local garden centre and their amazing Grotto (with IMO substandard elves), and actually went through the online application form. But the hours didn’t sound great – every weekend before Christmas? Tricky when you have your own kids to share it with. And you needed certain certificates which I didn’t have. And the deadline was imminent. It was partly an idea for financial reasons, and partly just for fun.

But all this chat and bants did open up an opportunity… it just goes to show it’s all about who you know. A friend of a friend happens to run a local Santas grotto…and the dream is now a reality. This Christmas I’m going to basically be Jovie.

Based on its temporary nature, I’ve been able to secure some short term help from friends and family. It won’t interfere with the kids school holidays, and it’s not forever, even if it ends up not being for me.

All in all, I’m super excited about getting out of the house for a couple of days a week, knowing the girls will be in safe hands of people they love and they will embrace the novelty factor as much as I will. The big question is, should I wear my green boots? I don’t actually think I have made it to Elf status, but perhaps if I impress them enough with my festive cheer there may be room for a promotion?

I’ve never worked in a public facing role before, and nervous thoughts of messing up or people being awful, is replaced by the happy thought of kids visiting Father Christmas – who could be in a bad mood at a Santas Grotto (?!).  I am after all being hired to wish people a merry Christmas, jingle all the way, and perhaps ask if they had considered the photo package including the snowglobe.

Perhaps this is the beginning of another chapter, one where I realise I love being out working again. Or perhaps it’ll make me hate Christmas by the 25th. Will I miss it come January, or will I relish in the fact that I’m back at home, free of ties and being my own boss again.

It’s certainly going to be a change up from the status quo and life as we know it may be somewhat squeezed into the remaining 5 days a week, but perhaps the breathing space will be a tonic. A Christmassy Gin and Tonic that is.

I just hope I don’t let my temporary boss down, because I don’t want to end up on the wrong list this year…

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21 thoughts on “Santa’s little helper – a christmas job

  1. Nicole Reply

    Ooh this does sound interesting Sarah, and should be fun (just because it is something different!). Ho Ho Ho… enjoy the stint:)

  2. beautybabyandme Reply

    Good for you honey! I can’t wait to hear how it all goes xx #coolmumclub

  3. Lisa - Little Orange Dog Reply

    Oh my goodness, how cool is this! I’m excited for you, it’s the ideal Christmas job. Here’s hoping you get your elf ears #coolmumclub x

  4. Donna (@bobsysmum) Reply

    OMG that sounds awesome! I want to be Jovie!! #CoolMumClub

  5. Sharon Reply

    I love Christmas and everything that goes with it!! I cant imagine anything better than being surrounded with all things Christmassy and doing your bit to help Santa 😉 have a mince pie for me! & dont forget to post some photos lol #coolmumclub

  6. Kate@TheMumConundrum Reply

    Oh my God I love this!!! What a fab idea… makes me think I should do something similar. I’ve always had a hankering for an elf outfit ;0) x

  7. Morgan Prince Reply

    Ooh big steps! Good for you. I hope it all goes well. xx

  8. Talya Reply

    Need to see pics of this in action please!!! The most exciting hero moment of #coolmumclub over Christmas for sure xoxo

  9. Helen Reply

    Aww what a fun idea and job to have on the run up to Christmas! Have fun 🙂 #coolmumclub

  10. craftcartwright Reply

    Good luck! #coolmumclub

  11. So Happy In Town (@SoHappyInTown) Reply

    Awesome that you’re getting out of your comfort zone and doing something completely different this Christmas. I think you’re going to love it. And if you don’t, at least you tried. As Talya says, pics please! #coolmumclub

  12. anywaytostayathome Reply

    That’s rather exciting. Don’t worry about being customer facing, so long as you can keep a smile on your face you’ll be just fine! It will be great for you. Channel your inner Jovie #coolmumclub

  13. The Mummy Bubble Reply

    Such a great idea! This will get you in the festive spirit. It totally makes sense to look for some extra income at this time of year x #coolmumclub

  14. Jennifer Gladwin Reply

    This sounds wonderful, all those happy little children! I hope you really enjoy being Jovie! #coolmumclub

  15. and Jacob makes three Reply

    Ooh enjoy! Can’t wait to hear how you get on #coolmumclub

  16. Nicola - Clarke Life Reply

    OMG I would love this!!! Being a Christmas elf would literally be a dream come true for me! I was thinking about getting a Christmas job today actually and thinking it would be handy to have some extra pennies but I’m not sure how I would fit it in (i have 3 jobs already!). I’d give up all three of my other jobs to be an elf though!! #coolmumclub

  17. mackenzieglanville Reply

    oh wow this sounds fun! I think you will love it and having that extra cash will be fab! #coolmumclub

  18. fivelittledoves (@fivelittledove5) Reply

    Oh I love this!! It sounds like such fun and if it pays for Christmas, even better! I can’t wait to see photos! #coolmumclub

  19. Cheryl / Tea or Wine (@cherylebarry) Reply

    Brilliant Sarah!! I think you’ll make a fabulous elf! Well done you for getting out there and making this happen. Hope it’s tinsel, mince pies and gin and tonics all the way! Good luck! #CoolMumClub xx

  20. Mum in Brum Reply

    This makes me smile so much! Good for you – I’m sure your jovial nature will get you promoted to elf status in no time! xx #coolmumclub

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