Every year, at Christmas time; I always volunteer to work.
I'm not a "believer" and hence don't celebrate the holiday.
To me, it's a simple equation - since I don't honor/celebrate the holiday anyway, why not let the person who does... have the night of so that s/he can spend it with their loved ones?
I've noticed that Thanksgiving and Christmas are two VERY special holidays in the United States (Easter comes close ) ...... despite the overtly crass commercialized versions on display .... and I always figure: "These are the only few times when families get together once a year. Be it religious or otherwise - why not help them at this time?"
Hence why I volunteer to work these holidays.
My only caveat? (I want 4th of July and New Year's off! ;-))
But when all is said and done ...
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. :-)
This coming year - may we all see a new era of peace amongst all mankind.