Christmas Not A Day Off For Everyone

Chicago nearly comes to a halt for the Christmas holiday as many businesses shut their doors and give employees time to celebrate. But, what about those places that operate 24/7?

As WBBM Newsradio’s Michele Fiore reports, at Children’s Memorial Hospital, resident Sarah McAndrew was working on Christmas Sunday.

She said the hospital’s policy gives residents either Thanksgiving or Christmas off. Like many people working the holiday, McAndrew was squeezing Christmas into days right around Dec. 25.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Michele Fiore reports

On Christmas Eve, she traveled to Milwaukee to be with family and on Christmas Day, while she worked here in Chicago, her husband stopped by to say hello.

Down the street, at a parking garage, parking attendant George Caradine was bundled up for a long wintry day.

Caradine says he doesn’t mind working Christmas. In fact, he has worked the past 14 Christmases. He says he does so for the extra money, that will definitely be needed to pay for everything.

Caradine’s not alone in saying the reason you work the holiday is for the extra money.

Nino Cohen operates a bistro on the North Side this Christmas, which can be a lucrative day when you’re one of the few restaurants open in the entire city.

Cohen says he doesn’t mind working on Christmas Day, because he sees how many lonely people come to the restaurant. He wonders, without the restaurant open, where would the lonely go?

Cohen says he knows about being alone. He comes from Israel and, at age 75, he is also alone. So, he says he enjoys being with people, especially on the holiday, and working allows him that opportunity.

  • Afro

    Don’t forget the local gang bangers those thugs are a 24/7 operation just ask the gang banger daddy in Gary

    • Joann Butkus

      It’s too bad they are around 24/7/365 to make everyone’s lives miserable…..

  • Real Worker Bee

    I work for Pace ParaTransit (SCR) and I had to work 10 +hour shifts on Thanksgiving and today on Christmas

  • B Z Hospital RT

    Work in a hospital also, worked thanksgiving 11a-11p and christmas 11a-11p. I actually get New Years off….

    • Joann Butkus

      I guess that stinks if you have to be with your family, but think about those that are stuck in the hospital, worse yet, those critically or terminally ill! Count your blessings!

  • JeanSC

    And let’s not forget the people working in the news media!

  • Joann Butkus

    Did someone forget those that make your life safe? (as much as they can)-the firefighters and cops?

  • Terry Urba

    People who work on Christmas Day and want to celebrate Christmas can do it anytime between December 26 and January 6, the traditional Feast of the Epiphany (or Three Kings). That’s what the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is all about. Christmas Day kicks off the Christmas Season!

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