Before I had my son, I would have been perfectly happy to work on Christmas Day. Now though, things are different and he is getting so excited about Christmas that I don't think I could possibly go off to work and leave him at home!
I understand why some professions have to work over Christmas and I am very grateful that they can find people who are prepared to give up their holiday but some of the folks who have to work.... don't seem so essential to me. If they have really volunteered then fine but I do worry that some people might be pressured into working when they would prefer to be at home.
That would be a very neat solution! But I guess that in an historically Christian country, like this one, even if someone isn't a practising or even a believing Christian, they want to celebrate Christmas. And most of the essential services must be affected. I wouldn't want someone with no medical training manning A&E, even on Christmas Day....
Tee hee I'm not in the work force either, except as unpaid childcare, cleaner, taxi, washer woman etc etc...... which will all happen on Christmas Day just like any other day :)
I didn't really celebrate Christmas either before parenthood, probably why I would have been happy to work then too. I was just never asked!
I can see the older ones would understand you working but how did you explain it to the little one? Though I do think it's a good lesson for them to learn that sometimes looking after other people is the priority :)
I have often worked on Christmas Day.....if you are a nurse in either public or private hospitals, you split the shifts - either home for Christmas Lunch or home for Christmas Dinner. Never worked in a hospital where the shifts weren't arranged like that (and I have worked in a lot of hospitals).
Yes. I have worked on Christmas day many times. The atmosphere is very festive and everyone is happy. There is not as much to do, and the money is great !!! I am usually home to spend either morning or night time with the family. I don't see what is the problem with working this day.
Yes, I'd love too, if it was double pay, & I was working in a hospital. I'd love to see the children's faces, when Santa walked into their rooms! Lots of people have to work their shifts on Christmas day, boxing day. My other 1/2 worked shift work for 16 & 1/2 years, so he was working a lot of those Christmas days, (but no, not in a hospital.)