Yes, I'm thinking about Christmas, already. I actually don't care about the holiday so much as the time with family. I've lived 700 mi from them for 6 years and I love going back for visits! I hate how my district doesn't give a "travel day" around the holidays. Yes, I know my job is to teach, but I have always felt it unreasonable, even as a kid, to return on January 2nd, giving time for people to get back home from traveling. Do you feel it's unreasonable to request a personal day on 1/2/14 to fly back? The difference in flying home on the 2nd as opposed to the 1st is more than $200! The worst thing that can happen is he will say no, but if anyone deems this severely unprofessional I will rethink it.