Is it me or does the Christmas shutdown get longer each year?
Christmas day is still ten days away and it has already gone quiet. The phone has stopped ringing. The deluge of emails has gone down to a trickle. People have either gone on holiday or are in party mode.
I can understand people taking the week off between Christmas and new year, but many businesses have effectively shut down till the 9th January as many employees won’t be getting back from their holidays till the week following new year.
Even in supposedly "lazy" France, they work between Christmas and New Year. I remember visiting Paris for the Millenium and was surprised to discover that most people spent new year’s eve at work.
I love this time of the year, and I’m looking forward to putting my feet up for a few days, but with the UK facing the worst economic conditions since the war, can the UK really afford to close down for the best part of a month?!