Christmas Eve and Christmas Day fall on my normal days off this year. I easily could have pulled seniority/rank and taken the days off, but I did my yearly thing and volunteered to work. It gives my younger coworkers, those with families, and those who have to travel a little extra time away from the office.
I don't expect a medal. I've never been much of a holiday person, and working holidays really doesn't bother me. Plus, I'll get what's called a "comp day," or another day off of my choosing. No good deed goes unpunished.
The favor will not be returned on New Year's Eve. I've done my share. That is a night I will be off, even though I have no intention to party.
I'll be like the rest of you-- praying for a better year ahead.