Just a short post: while normal people may be out shopping for gifts, the proffies are all locked away from the world, trying to get those final papers graded so we can have our desks cleared for grading the final exams. My schedule:
This past Monday-Friday: Grade 30 papers from lower-division survey class (@ 3-4 pp.)
Saturday & Sunday: Grade 24 final research papers from upper-division class (@ 5-6 pp.); write final exam for same class
Monday: Administer final exam for upper-division class; collect papers from grad class (6 papers @ 18-20 pp.)
Tuesday-Thursday: Grade all of the above; write exam for lower-division class
Friday: administer above final exam; begin grading
Saturday: finish grading exams, because...
Sunday: leave for holiday visit to relatives.
It's best not to think about it all at once.
UPDATE: below, in the comments, a new discussion topic, regarding how much writing we assign in our courses in the Humanities.