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Texomans Work On Christmas Day

On Christmas Day, most folks in Texoma got to spend some much needed quality time with family and friends but not everyone got to take the holiday off.
On Christmas Day, most folks in Texoma got to spend some much needed quality time with family and friends but not everyone got to take the holiday off.

Men and women ranging from first responders to those in the service industry continued to serve others.

While some were really busy, others had a quiet day on the job.

For example, Carrie Armstrong, General Manager of Denny's Restaurant off Kemp Boulevard, says they see an increase in business this time of year.

"We do on Christmas Day, we do about as much as we would on a whole weekend normally," Armstrong says. 

The staff at Denny's was all on deck on Christmas Day serving hungry customers.

Armstrong says it's one of their busiest days of the year because folks can count on them to be open during the holidays.

"People are so much nicer on Christmas Day," Armstrong says. "They just appreciate you a lot more. They appreciate you being open. They really do. I get a lot of 'thank yous' for being open and being home."

While Denny's is seeing an influx of business, the brave men at Wichita Falls Fire Station 1 say this Christmas has been a quiet one.

Wichita Falls Fire Captain Tim Pierson says they're ready to go in case of an emergency.

"It doesn't matter whether it's Christmas, Easter, holiday; it doesn't matter. We're ready to roll anytime," Pierson says.

Both the firefighters at Fire Station 1 and the serving staff at Denny's admit there are benefits to working on Christmas Day.

Pierson says, "The fire station is our family away from our other family so it's time to spend with our family here at the fire station and of course there's lots to eat today. It's a good thing."

In addition, Armstrong says, "I just work around it. I had my Christmas last night so it doesn't really affect me. I'd rather work on busy days. The time goes by fast and yeah I'm making money."
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