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People Who Work on Christmas

Serving convenience, not necessity.

by Everett Wilson
December 31, 2005

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People Who Work on Christmas
There is a vast servant-class today. They no longer live above the garage, to cook, clean, and otherwise serve the interests of one family. They serve multiple families, as we engage in the great American pastime of "eating out." When we "ate out" on Christmas Day, we were served by people who  were celebrating Christmas by serving us. They were not the traditional caregivers who work no matter what  the holiday, because without them people would not be fed at all -- that is, in nursing homes, hospitals, prisons, etc. I'm talking about those who serve  people who, like us, have  the means to serve themselves.
 
We chose to go out for dinner this year because  just one of our family could be with us. Much easier to say than do, as it turned out. We live in a resort area, with more good places to eat, per capita, than one might expect in a rural county, but as Donna sought reservations she  found just one within twenty-five miles that would be open for dinner on Christmas day.
 
We were graciously received and served, the food was as good as we expected, the price was less, and our table was as close to the buffet as it could get.
 
Best of all, though, were the people who had given up Christmas at home to serve the convenience of strangers. Sure, it was to their profit; but it was a profit that every other full-service restaurant in our neighborhood  had given up for the day. 
 
Technically, what they did was not necessary; none of us would have gone hungry had they been closed too. But that misses the point. These folks didn't just feed us. They served us dinner. They did it cheerfully too, as though they were celebrating Christmas with us. They became part of our holiday.  
 
May God bless them, every one!

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