The last day before Christmas break is always a fun time. We used to come back in January and have two weeks left in the semester, so finals hung over everyone's head like a Sword of Damocles. Not so anymore, and everyone, staff and student alike, gets to enjoy a well-deserved no-school-requirements break.
I teach in an upscale area, and the generosity shown my students and parents always humbles me. It's very kind.
Additionally, I love it when former students come back and visit. I think I had three of them just drop in today, one from college and two from one of our "online" schools. Facebook keeps me in touch with many former students, but it's still nice to see them in person--and they have no idea how much.
Our first day back at work in January is a teacher work day, so that's when I'll finish grading the final exams and entering those grades. The semester will start that Tuesday.
I think I'll skip entirely what I don't like about today. I'm on too much of a high.