'Tis the day to spend time at home with friends and family. However, just because it's Christmas doesn't mean everything comes to a halt.
Some people will spend their day on the job, including Denise Garcia. She is the manager of a convenience store in Holyoke, and she has spent the last three Christmases working there.
Garcia doesn't mind it, though. In fact, there are many things she does enjoy about working on Christmas Day.
"It's a very busy store, but on Christmas Day, it's quiet... and seeing the customers come in and they're happy that we're open, and they're happy that we're here to serve them, so that makes it better," Garcia said.
Convenience store workers are not the only people on the clock. Hospital workers and first-responders were on-duty across the country and in Western Massachusetts.
Sgt. Isaiah Cruz has been working for the Holyoke Police Department for the past 19 years.
For 16 of those years, he has worked on Christmas Day, and he said he has gotten used to it overtime.
"After so many years of doing it, you get immune to it. You get accustomed to it," Cruz said.
However, Cruz says it can also get lonely.
"Sometimes it's sad when you're driving around listening to Christmas music in a cruiser, and your family is out, and your friends are out having fun," Cruz said.
For Garcia, she is a mom of seven, and she has one more on the way. Although her Christmas can be lonely away from her family, they figure out other ways to be together even if she has to be on the job.
"We do Christmas Eve. We start early, so we celebrate Christmas Eve," Garcia said.
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