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Folks say working on Christmas Day is tradition

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"Our entire family is here, it's just what we do. Some people are home cooking turkey. Here, I'm in back cooking 80-100 turkeys," says David Vite, owner of The Skillet.

At The Skillet, working on Christmas is a family tradition.

"This is our family. My niece is from New Orleans. My kids are here, my brother's here, my brother in-law's here, my sister is here, my other niece is here so I mean this is a family coming together," says Vite.

They say it still feels like Christmas even if they're going to work.

"They've got Christmas music playing and everyone's cheerful and happy and the Christmas tree is right over there so it does still feel like Christmas," says Jay Tipton, The Skillet holiday help.

Tipton is marrying into The Skillet family and says people are grateful to find them open on Christmas day. "You definitely feel the appreciation from the people that come in. It's nice that they don't have to stress about food and getting things ready for their family gatherings."

Honkers in Mishawaka was also open Christmas Day and workers there were glad.

"I chose to because my family does Christmas on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day evening so I have the day free and time to come in and make extra money to pay for the holidays," says waitress, Maureen Tindall.

"All the kids at my house are grown so it doesn't bother me to come in at all. I enjoy coming in. I enjoy seeing the kids in their cute little outfits and I enjoy interacting with the people, it's fun," says cook, Lisa Lockman.

And she says it feels like she's spending the day with family.

"A lot of people who come in, come in all the time, you know them by name so yeah, they are family," says Lockman.

And these workers say family is what Christmas is all about.

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