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.