The holiday is an annual event that often brings with it a host of events that bring people together to spend time together.
For those of us who don’t want to take the risk of leaving work for the evening, here are some of the things to consider as we look to avoid the dreaded power outage.
What to do before leaving work on Christmas Day:If you have to take your own time getting to work, it’s wise to be as flexible as possible.
If you’re feeling particularly cranky and are not sure if you’ll be able to complete the task at your leisure, try using your computer or tablet to help you complete the work before you leave.
If your device doesn’t support the ability to control your computer remotely, try setting up an online appointment or scheduling a call to your office for a little peace of mind.
While you’re at work, you can also try setting aside a couple of hours for some quiet time.
You can do this by keeping a few hours between your usual routine and when you go to bed.
Make sure to make it a point to stay at home for the entire evening, as there are many activities that require you to stay awake all night, from watching movies and watching television to attending a sporting event.
You could even bring your computer to your place of work for an hour to do some online research and do some work.
If you’re worried about leaving work early, there are ways you can prevent the outage.
Set aside a few days of time each day for yourself and others to work.
You’ll find a few things that work well for this include making sure you have a few online tasks to complete before you head out the door, making sure your phone and computer are on the same time, and checking your calendar for when work begins.
If that doesn’t work for you, you could consider setting aside time each night to play with your child, a hobby you enjoy.
If your house is not fully enclosed, consider installing air conditioning or using a small outdoor air conditioner.
It’s important to keep an eye on your house and take care to have all of your personal possessions in the same place so they don’t get lost in the chaos of the power outage, which can make things even more chaotic.
Finally, if you’re planning to spend the night at home, consider leaving the house in a quiet place and setting aside an extra half-hour to yourself.
You may find yourself having to take an extra step of getting dressed, or perhaps even getting your own room ready.
If the situation becomes too overwhelming, consider going out for dinner with a few friends.
This article originally appeared on ABC News.