I'm not sure I should put this in the 'Humbug Thread' or here since I don't particularly celebrate Christmas. However, for the first time ever, in around thirty years of working in casinos, I have both Christmas Eve and Boxing Day off (Casinos close all day Christmas Day by law in this country). Normally, we only get one day off out of Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day and my finishing times, combined with a lack of public transport usually means I have to use taxis to get home (and in the case of Boxing Day, to actually go to work). The result of paying the inflated taxi rates usually ends up with me paying more for working the festive season than I receive in salary for those days. Fortunately, we have a new manager doing the rotas and he tries to put a bit of thought and consideration into allocating peoples shifts. Most people this year have either the whole of Christmas or the New year off.
The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.