A Woman Who Doesn’t Celebrate Christmas Faced Backlash when She Refused to Switch Her Annual Leave so That a Mother Could Spend Christmas with Her Children

Sophie, a 25-year-old woman living a child-free life, is faced with a dilemma when her colleague asks her to switch annual leave at Christmas. When she refused, it sparked problems in their working relationship, leading to Sophie questioning if she was in the wrong. Here is what Sophie had to say:

She Lived Child-Free

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Sophie had always known that she didn’t want to have children. As a 25-year-old woman, she had made the decision to live a child-free life and focus on her career instead. Three months ago, she had started a new job and had just passed her probation period. Her bosses were now sorting out her annual leave with her.

She Had Been Saved Annual Leave

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One of her bosses had mentioned that there was one gap left for annual leave at Christmas, and they had been saving it for her. According to him, any new employees who passed their probation period would get the first Christmas off.

She Didn’t Mind

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However, Sophie didn’t care if she worked Christmas or not, and she didn’t celebrate the holiday anyway. She would be spending the day alone.

She Was Asked to Swap

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Two days later, Sophie’s colleague approached her and asked if she would consider switching her annual leave with her. The colleague had children and wanted to spend Christmas with them. Sophie declined and the colleague seemed moody and walked away.

She Changed Her Mind

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That night, Sophie’s nephew video-called her from her sister’s phone. They caught up, but Sophie couldn’t help but bring up the incident with her sister. Before her sister had given birth to her son, she had been in complete agreement with Sophie’s decision to live a child-free life. However, now that she had children, her perspective had changed.

She Was Accused

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Sophie’s sister accused her of being selfish for not giving up her annual leave to a mother with children. She pointed out that Sophie wasn’t working and could easily spend Christmas with family, while the woman would be working and wouldn’t be able to see her children for long on Christmas day. She also mentioned that Sophie would be spending three days phone-free and wouldn’t be communicating with anyone.

She Didn’t Agree

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Sophie was taken aback by her sister’s accusations. She didn’t see how her decision to live a child-free life was relevant to the situation. She had earned her annual leave and had the right to take it whenever she wanted. She didn’t want to give it up just because someone else had children.

She Was Torn

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Sophie’s sister’s words stayed with her, and she couldn’t help but wonder if she was being selfish. She had always been independent and had never relied on anyone else for anything. However, she realized that her decision to live a child-free life could be perceived as selfish, especially by those who had children.

Straight to the Internet

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In Sophie’s mind she had done no wrong, but couldn’t seem to shake this feeling of guilt towards the situation. She decided that she would reach out to a popular internet forum for advice.

The Internet Responds

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One person writes, “Why did you say no to switching? You said you don’t care about Christmas, you don’t celebrate the holiday, you will not be visiting family who do celebrate. If she was switching, then you wouldn’t be “giving up your annual leave”, you’d just be shifting the date of it.”

Further Comments

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Another person writes, “Having kids does not mean the rest of the world has to accommodate your child and family. I have kids and don’t expect anyone other than my wife and I to look out for them. Many a holidays I have had to work and the kids understand. The entitlement of some people is mind boggling!”

A Final Comment

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A third person puts, “There’s a little thing called Karma. OP has a chance to really bank some great karma if she’d just be kind to this co-worker. Conversely, deciding to be kind of a jerk… that’ll cost her big time karma. Just my theory on how things happen collectively. Also, when stuff like this happens it gets around the office and OP may not have any friends or allies at work. Nobody is gonna have OP’s back.”

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