The idea then came up to see if I could telecommute from the hotel room that Friday, as I can do from home as needed, since my work computer is a laptop. I emailed the boss about it, and happened to get a reply from him this evening saying that it should work out.
YES!! I won't have to miss 50% of the reason why I go home for Christmas after all!
It'll be interesting to see what bonus point specials the hotel chain has going on next month, if any. I'll either be able to get a free night (already have enough for that), get points for another one, or do both :-)