Oilfield Holidays

Oilfield HolidaysMy Hot Oil Man will be gone for Christmas. That’s nothing new. Some years he’s here, and some years he’s not. It doesn’t even bother me. We will celebrate when he gets home a few days after Christmas and that’s fine by me. In the past we’ve celebrated early, we’ve celebrated late… we celebrate whenever we’re together. That’s what oilfield holidays are about.  Family.  Togetherness.  Love.  We celebrate when we are together as a family, whether it happens to be on December 25th or not.

Our schedule is two weeks on and two weeks off. That means the years that my HOM is gone for Thanksgiving, he is also gone for Christmas. We try our best to have as much fun as possible when we are all home together and that makes up for the time he’s away, even when he’s away on holidays.

We have certain traditions that make it feel like Christmas to us, in spite of what other things might be going on in our lives or what the date is. When we stick to our yearly traditions, it makes the holiday season “normal” even if our schedule is anything but. To us, the holidays are happy when we set up the tree together, open early presents, and vote on what goodies to make. That’s what Christmas is like at our house. I love to play family games at the kitchen table with the tree lights on in the living room while we all drink hot chocolate. When we do that it feels Christmas-y whether it’s November, December, or January.  The holidays are what you make of them.

Oilfield families do holidays differently. Whether it’s celebrating with Dad far away, or celebrating on a different day –  you have to make do. Making things special under less than ideal circumstances is important, that’s what oilfield holidays are.
Is anyone else celebrating without Dad this year? Or celebrating on a substitute day? Let’s hear about how other people are doing their oilfield holidays!


About jenna

Jenna has been an oilfield wife for over 12 years. Her Hot Oil Man husband started working in the oilfield a few months before they were married. The oilfield has lead them all the way from Northern CO to Alaska, where they've lived in the Matanuska Valley for 4 years. The family consists of their two children; a strong-willed daughter age 10, and a goofy son age 7. And of course what family would be complete without a couple of dogs and rabbits thrown in the mix. Jenna is a stay at home mom who doesn't “stay at home” much, and enjoys gardening, baking, reading, watching movies, four wheeling, hiking, fishing, and LOVES shopping. Since moving to the last frontier they have also started home schooling, which is another adventure all it’s own.


  1. I’ve been an oilfield wife and sahm to two daughters for 7 years now. I can’t even tell you how many holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, milestones, school events, doctor appointments, etc my husband has missed. I honestly can’t remember the last time my husband was home for my birthday. It’s hard, for sure. My husband missed thanksgiving this year and will miss Christmas as well. Although I tend to vocalize about my frustration over him being gone, I am still thankful he has a job…especially with the oilfield industry right now. Keep your head up!

  2. My husband this year is missing his birthday, my birthday, our baby boy’s first birthday and Christmas. It’s a doozy for him. It was hard for him to head out to the rig, even more than usual! Hang in there Jenna!

  3. My husband has been working 7/7 off shore for 13 years. My teenagers (15 and 16) just found out this year that the Christmases we celebrated when they were preschoolers and in early elementary were not on Dec. 25. They always thought he was home on Christmas because we celebrated it just the same as we would if he’d been there on Dec.25. This year we are waiting to hear about him possibly being reassigned to a different part of the county so we are not sure if he will be home or not, hopefully we will hear at the end of this hitch.

    • We did the same thing when our kids were younger, and for their birthdays, too. The holiday is whenever everyone is together!
      Best of luck with the reassignment!

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