Christmas Holidays 2013

Bit of a light hearted one here, which might be perfect for the lunch hour?...

I work for a very small organisation (6 employees) who historically shuts down over the Christmas and New Year period and kindly gives these additional holiday days to the staff rather than expect each individual to save them from their annual holiday allowance.

As Christmas day falls on a Wednesday this year what shut down periods are other small businesses adopting?  Our organisation is office based so mainly clerical staff if that helps?

Many thanks,

Vicki Bacon 

  • Hi Vicki

    At our company this year, we will be shutting the office around 2pm on Xmas Eve (if we are lucky!) and then it re-opens again on 2nd Jan.

    We have the obligatory Xmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day off as bank holidays and the 27th, 30th and 31st Dec as discretionary days which are given to us by the company.  We do not have to take these out of our annual leave entitlement.

    These discretionary days are not contractual but give us all normally a nice 10/11 days off over the festive period.

    I suspect we are very fortunate!

  • In reply to Sarah Whitham:

    Forgot to say that we are a compnay of 54 employees.
  • Steve Bridger

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    Community Manager

    8 Oct, 2013 13:26

    Hi Sarah,

    I'm sure many will give - or require (hmm...) - employees to take off the Friday (27th). At least.

  • Liz

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    8 Oct, 2013 13:36

    Currently, my place of work will be open on Friday 27th December. We won't be manufacturing because all of that will have been shut down by the Tuesday. ex-gratia days are not given away here unless it's absolutely necessary. I, however, have booked the time off from my holiday entitlement.

    Spare a thought for those who work for the NHS and other public services this Christmas - Nurses, police officers, ambulance crews, fire crews etc. My husband will be working Christmas Day and Boxing Day cleaning at the hospital, because no doubt there will be patients in. People don't stop having heart attacks, and so he can't stop cleaning the Cardiac unit.

  • For the record, I am taking annual leave on the 23rd, 24th Dec and the 2nd and 3rd Jan so I return on the 6th Jan so I will have 16 days off.

  • Simon

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    Chartered Member

    8 Oct, 2013 13:40


     We are doing sort of the same as Sarah with holidays 27th 30th 31st returning 2nd Jan, We though told staff at the beginning of the leave year to keep back 3 days holiday entitlement to cover this period of closure. You are quite entitled to direct when leave may be taken so there really is no need to give extra to cover. Mind you it is a nice thought.  We look after life stock so this only applies to the office.


  • Many thanks everyone.  This has been very useful.  

    If I don't post before then I hope you have a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year ;0) 

  • Steve Bridger

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    Community Manager

    9 Oct, 2013 12:49

    Oh, please post before then, Vicki :)
  • Hi

    We are a company of c150 staff and have historically remained open during the Christmas period - therefore giving staff the option to either come in to work or take the time as annual leave. Now, we are considering a Christmas shut-down for the first time between Christmas and New Year (which would include a 2pm finish on Christmas eve). We would be asking staff to take this time as annual leave, similar to as Simon mentioned, by asking staff to hold some leave back to take during this time.

    In terms of notifying staff, are there any legal considerations such as a period of notice? We would, of course, make this change in our staff handbook and notify staff of the changes. Might this be sufficient?



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