The goal in structuring holiday vacation schedules is to come up with a plan that doesn’t leave employees frustrated or your business understaffed. As such, your first step should be to inform employees as early as possible about what will be needed around holiday time. There’s no quicker route to Grinch status than denying holiday vacation requests for seemingly arbitrary reasons. It also helps morale to be generous with vacation time and grant as many vacation requests as possible. Be conscious of and flexible with those staffers who must travel long distances for the holidays, and make it clear that yours is a policy that will rotate annually. In other words, those who receive special accommodations this year may need to give priority to other staffers next year.
For more on holiday planning, be sure to read Employee Holiday Gift-Giving Guidelines.