This time of year, I have some serious teacher envy. I am on the “We don’t pay our teachers enough for what they do” bandwagon, so don’t think that this is about having time off at the holiday. I get off half a day on Christmas Eve, all day Christmas and January 1, plus a 2 hour “early dismissal” on New Years’ Eve. It’s my choice to go in to work in a quiet office where people are not responding to the things you are working on (until they come back happy and full from a fresh start to the year). It’s about the creativity and witnessing the wonder in the children.