Christmas day, a holiday which celebrates the birth of the Christian Messiah Jesus Christ, of course, this is an annual well known global event however in the workplace it is not always observed. Whether it is due to individuals being of a different faith, no faith, or trying to get extra hours (time and a half) in for a sizable late year check, this holiday has the ability to evoke bland or unhappy feelings as workers of this famous holiday pass the time away in their perspective organizations to service the common man.
It is different when you do not celebrate Christmas if you are an atheist or of a different faith like Judaism, these are acceptable reasons in many organizations and cultures not to celebrate the holiday, and no one should be ostracized for it. However, there are those who work on Christmas, of the Christian faith because their organization requires them to, whether it is a security or a retail position, these individuals are required to work and be away from their families on the day their faith celebrates one of the most important days of the year. When it comes to the security of individuals, important strategic locations, these reasons can be understood and it is one of the “freedoms” an individual has to sacrifice in that line of work.
It is the retail and service workers I feel the most empathy for on Christmas, gas station attendants to waiters to even cashiers in retail establishment all open for last minute shoppers or because the business is simply open 24-7. Now we can all say that these individuals knew what they were getting into when they applied for the position, however, I am thankful that there are people who sacrifice their freedom, to do these jobs that are necessary on a day like today. Not only are their jobs important it helps all of us get to where we are going and enables us to be with our families without us giving a care in the world about anything else but being with family. And for them, those employees I am thankful and I wish their organizations will reflect upon their sacrifice and be thankful as well.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas