Not Much of a Holiday for Some Workers
Country Kitchen and a very few other local restaurants were open for Santa and any other customers. Manager Gary Holcomb said Country Kitchen has been open on Christmas as long as he can remember, and most of his crew don't seem to mind.
"Some folks would rather not work," he admitted. "But a majority don't have any problem with coming in as long as they work short shifts and get out of here and spend home time with the family."
Holcomb also said a steady stream of customers who don't want to cook on the holiday will keep his workers busy.
"Some of the larger groups we do get, they've got 20 people from out of town," he explained. "They don't want to entertain 30 people at their home."
Other businesses, such as Hollywood Video, will rake in extra revenue on Christmas.
"Our crowd on Christmas is pretty crazy. In fact, it's usually our busiest day of the year," said Joshua Albin, store manager. "We would do, as opposed to a normal Monday, probably two to three times our normal amount of business."
Albin said three of his recent hires even volunteered to work on the holiday.
"All of them specifically, when they got the job, offered to work on Christmas."
Most Columbia grocery stores and shopping malls closed for Christmas and will reopen on Tuesday. Other stores, such as Walgreens, were open on the holiday for shoppers who still needed to buy presents or gift wrap.