So I finally talked to the Director, and with deals and her approving my use of personal days added to a holiday (which you need Director approval of, but she gave it instantly ^_^), I managed to swing the 21st through the 26th of December off. Thus, I can go home the evening of the 20th (Monday) and stay through the evening of the 26th (Sunday). ^_^ Yay! Me happy now!
Also, my parents are now thinking of bringing me home for Thanksgiving too (Thursday morning through Saturday night, as I work Sunday). I'll post when I know for sure.