January 5th, 2007

After Xmas

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

I’ve never been off at Christmas, at least not for the whole Xmas period. After over 25 years of working them I decided to take a break this year. 

So I had a festive season which wasn’t full of drunks and people hitting and swearing at each other.

Back in the day it used to be that come Christmas you either worked Xmas Day or Boxing Day (unless your shift was lucky enough to be rest days for both). The single officers were expected to volunteer to take the Xmas Day so the married ones could have time with their other halves. Then when I got married it was the done thing to volunteer to work Xmas Day so the ones with kids could have the day off. Then when I had kids I didn’t have any choice and had to work them both, mostly. I’ve probably had maybe 8 Christmas Days off in over 25 years.

The trouble with having leave is you don’t want to come back. Still, only two or three more to go.

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  1. Cogidubnus says:

    Welcome back! I come from a Christmas leave climate very much like your own, but now have the luxury (through over 30 years seniority) of a degree of choice…This year, as it happens, I worked over both Christmas and New Year (mostly to give those with youngsters a chance) but have had a week off since…it’s made an interesting change…every best wish for the new year…yours is a site I value

    January 6th, 2007 at 05:10

  2. 200 says:


    thank you very much, and the same to you!

    What or who is a cogidubnus, by the way?

    January 9th, 2007 at 09:00

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