The festive period holds many positive aspects to members of the public, but one downside to this time of year for many people is that they have to work longer hours. For 2.8% of Bournemouth this includes Christmas Day. While it is unthinkable to some, some people relish the opportunity to work Christmas Day.
“Money is money,” claimed Kamran Arif, a Bournemouth taxi driver who often opts to work on Christmas. He added that, despite working, he “still can’t wait for Christmas” and views it as a great time to work because “people have their spirits raised and are more generous.” While the majority of people would rather be enjoying a relaxing day at home, Mr Arif claimed he “doesn’t see a bad side” to spending his Christmas in a taxi.
However the idea of clocking in for a shift on December 25th was a far less enjoyable prospect for Karen Archer of the Dorset Police. “It’s hard to be positive about Christmas when you have to work a 9 or 10 hour shift” she bemoaned. “Knowing you’ll be working does take away the excitement.” I’m sure many can empathise with Karen’s struggle and the sad view that she “will have less to look forward to.”
Despite not having to work on Christmas Day itself, it is admirable that Christmas market workers maintain their enthusiasm throughout the long days in the cold. One market worker named Peter informed me that he “still loves everything about Christmas”, and took the view that he would even work Christmas Day as “you can’t not love Christmas!”