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While many of us get a good week off work around Christmas time, not everyone is lucky enough to get such a long break.


In fact, for a lot of workers, December 25th is their ONLY day off, with many working right up to the Big Day and heading straight back on st. Stephen's Day.


Whether you work in the medical sector, the police force, with a charity, in retail or food and hotel industries, hundreds of thousands of mums and dads have to put on their uniform on a day when most are still recovering.



And now a petition in the UK is calling for shops to stay shut on Boxing Day  - their equivalent to St. Stephen's Day - has garnered HUGE support, receiving over 100,000 signatures. 


While it does acknowledge that not everyone sees December 26th as a religious holiday, Ian Lapworth, who started the petition, wants retail workers to be "given some decent family time to relax and enjoy the festivities like everyone else."


"Most retail workers are on the go up to Christmas Eve, then back on Boxing Day. Sometimes they have no choice," Ian writes.


"We managed 30 and 40 years ago...when shops were sometimes shut for a whole week. Let's get back to the way it was.


"Forget making money for one day, let's concentrate on making more memories with the ones we love."



Plenty of people took to the page to show their support, with one writing that "Christmas is for families".


"I don't want to work any more Boxing Days I want to be with my children," wrote another. 


What are your thoughts? Would you like to see something started here? 



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