Do not feel lonely.
Give a look at Confused by Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines (by the way, the answer from LD got it right) and Familiar with Indiana parenting time Guidelines? .. Christmas break?.
Tamie Jo Morog of Kirtley, Taylor, Sims, Chadd & Minnette, P.C. F wrote It's holiday parenting time from The Paper of Montgomery County and she digests the holiday rule like this:
If there are issues, consult the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines (IPTGs). Regarding Christmas vacation, the IPTGs state that each parent gets "One-half of the period which will begin at 8 p.m. on the evening the child is released from school and continues to Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. If the parents cannot agree on the division of this period, the custodial parent shall have the first half in even-numbered years." This year is an odd numbered year. Therefore, the non-custodial parent gets the first half of this period. The custodial parent then gets the second half. The New Year's holiday begins on Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. and continues until 7 p.m. of the evening before school resumes. In years ending with an even number, such as 2010, the non-custodial parent gets to exercise this parenting time. Therefore this New Year's holiday is the non-custodial parent's holiday.
She also gives some good advice that is well worth passing along:
Remember, however, that the IPTGs are only recommendations. The best way to exercise holiday parenting time with children is to give due consideration to all family traditions - even the other parent's family traditions. Children's lives are enriched if they can celebrate their families' traditions. They should not have to experience their parents bickering or have the pressure of mom and dad fighting, or arguing about where the children are going to be at any certain time or who they are going to be with.
Please remember, put the children first. They will never be this age again, but they will remember how their parents treated each other for the rest of their lives.
Ryan Cassman presents another problem in his Holiday Parenting Time - What Time Does Christmas Eve Start?. Thankfully, I have not had this problem but Mr. Cassman presents a tidy solution:
Holiday parenting time disputes bring out the best or worst in parents, and if your divorce attorney is getting the call, it is likely the worst. So, if you do the math, by the hour the midpoint between December 18th at 8.pm. and December 30th at 7 p.m. is 7:30 p.m. on December 24th.