Workers make most of pulling a holiday shift
Though most people cherish a day off to spend with family and friends on Christmas, that doesn’t keep some from finding a reason to work. For some, working was a way to spend time with family, or a way to avoid family. Some were earning extra money, some were holding on to religious beliefs. The staff at Valley View – some there by choice, some by chance – saw the best in working on Christmas. Dorothy Simillion, an information desk volunteer, asked to work Christmas day. She chose to work to help repay the other volunteers that covered for her when she was ill recently. She also joked that she was also avoiding a family snowmobile trip. “I’m hiding out,” she said. Working gave her an excuse to avoid “going out in that cold.”Simillion’s co-workers in admissions also had fun with the reason they work.”We eat a lot,” joked Leanne Woolner dressed in a Santa hat, who works the admissions desk.”People bring us lots of treats,” she said. “And what someone doesn’t give us we bring.”She and Bridget Sheerin, who also works in admissions, had their pick of everything from prime rib to sweets. For Marsha Kesselring, an emergency room X-ray tech, the decision to work Christmas was simple. She’s a pagan. She celebrated a winter holiday on the winter solstice with gifts and get-togethers. “I tend to tell people I’m Jewish,” she said, because it saves her from explaining she’s a pagan.For Tyler Ting, a bus boy at May Palace on Grand Avenue, working meant he could spend time with his family, who were all working at the family-owned restaurant. Not too mention that business is good at the restaurant on Christmas. “It gets really buys during Christmas,” said Ting, “because we’re one of the only places open.”Others thought economics made the Christmas work worth it. “I just always get stuck working holidays,” said Valerie Hamilton, assistant manager at Diamond Shamrock. “But it’s double pay so I don’t really mind.”And others, did it because holiday work might as well be in their job description. Erin Amichaux is the banquet manager at the Hotel Colorado. She hasn’t had a Christmas off since she started at the hotel six years ago. And before that she hadn’t had a Christmas off since her 12-year-old daughter was three. Christmas is an important tradition at the Hotel Colorado, she said, so she didn’t mind working. Besides it’s been so long since she had a free Christmas, “if I didn’t work I wouldn’t know what to do with myself,” she said. Of course, not everyone working Christmas in Glenwood Springs thought it was the greatest thing they’d ever done. “Ask someone else. I think it should be illegal,” one woman working on Christmas told a reporter. Most folks were in the Christmas spirit, even at work. “I love Christmas,” said emergency room doctor Mike Stahl. “It’s fun, you eat good stuff, drink egg-nog; it’s a great holiday.”
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