The Ghosts (good ones) of Christmas

When I was a starving (and hence, much skinnier) reporter working horrible night shifts at the Washington Post I don’t ever remember being forced to work on Christmas Eve or Christmas Eve. I often did, because I needed the holiday pay, but I rarely if ever had to. Even if I was on the schedule.

That’s because one of my Jewish colleagues would invariably ask me if I wanted to trade shifts. Even if he, or she, had a nice 10 to 7 p.m. gig and I had the 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. shift. Some of them weren’t particularly religious. But they were are all nice. And considerate.

I think of that every Christmas, and it gives me extra appreciation for folks who are required to work today, either because of their jobs/dedication, or because they are covering a gap for somebody for whatever reason.

So if you are on duty today, for whatever reason. Thanks. Many of us do understand and appreciate it. And if you are off like (finally) me. Enjoy yourself.


Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Safe New Year.

And stay tuned because 2011 is going to be a walk on the wild side.

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