Sure, there's plenty to dread about Christmas travel—the long lines and longer delays, packed departure lounges, and cranky airline employees. But, for the last few years, there's been an upside, too, a trend of some-company-or-other sponsoring free Wi-Fi, either in airports or on flights.
This year, it's Skype offering travelers an hour of free Wi-Fi at more than 50 airports in the U.S. between December 21 and 27. To take advantage of the free connection, you'll need to download the latest version of Skype. Also remember that many airports (and if you're lucky enough to have access to them, many airline club lounges) offer free Wi-Fi as well.
This is the time of year to find other free perks at airports. For instance, you can find free gift wrapping services post-security at airports including San Diego International Airport, Fort Wayne International Airport, and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.