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Poll: Do you usually work between Christmas and New Year?
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Dec 9, 2011

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Susanna Martoni  Identity Verified
Italy
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Yes, definetely Dec 9, 2011

For my personal condition, this is a valid and productive period for working.

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xxxInterlangue
Angola
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"Usually"... Dec 9, 2011

... yes, but not this year: the office will be closed 22-27 December and I will be back at work from the 28th onwards

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Sometimes Dec 9, 2011

Depending on what's around in the way of both work and childcare!

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
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No. Dec 9, 2011

At least not on short notice. Most clients have their offices closed during those few days anyway.

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Teresa Borges
Belgium
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Yes Dec 9, 2011

I work with two (good) “historical” clients who have different cultural practices and traditions...

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neilmac
Spain
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Yes Dec 9, 2011

Otherwise I'd get bored. The past couple of years, clients actually sent me work on the 24th December, which I somehow managed to fit in between the wassail and mince pies...

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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
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Yes, usually... Dec 9, 2011

But not this year, because I close shop.
I have always had a lot of work before, during and after that "holiday season". Perhaps because budgets have to be spent by the end of the calendar year?

Philippe


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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I try not to Dec 9, 2011

I don't tell my clients that I'm not available, but I try to avoid working during the last two weeks of December because there's so much else that needs to be done.

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Preferably not Dec 9, 2011

For many years my husband was extra busy making up annual accounts and closing the books at work. In my previous job in the social services I was sometimes on duty or called out.

When I started translating, both in house and freelancing, we often managed a normal month's work in the first three weeks of December, and then had jobs in the in-tray that clients wanted ASAP in January, as soon as their offices opened.

Now my husband has retired, and we have discovered that there are alternatives to working round the clock in December... even if the weather is a good excuse to stay indoors and wait for something better!

This year there is what they call "Employers' Christmas" in Sweden - Christmas and the New Year fall at the weekend and save on holidays!

I am warding off any work that needs to be done between Christmas and New Year. I may not succeed entirely... but I will not be working at full capacity.


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Lawyer-Linguist  Identity Verified
Portugal
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Half capacity Dec 9, 2011

If I have job offers from the 19th onwards that only require around 4 hours of work a day (approx. 2,000 words in my field), I'll accept them just to prevent going cold turkey (pun, I know), as I otherwise tend to get ratty with everyone around me after a day or two of "Christmas cheer".

I normally work an early bird shift anyhow, so it will be out of the way before anyone else is really up and about.


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R-i-c-h-a-r-d  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Sure Dec 9, 2011

I do what I do and try to fit work responsibilities around family commitments during this happy and eventful time of the year. I'll probably be trying to juggle life, the universe and everything else (RIP Douglas Adams) for the next thirty years or so, with good health and a little bit of luck

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Lisa Simpson, MCIL MITI  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Nope Dec 9, 2011

I never have done. None of my clients are open anyway and it's the only time of the year when I can relax at home without feeling the need to reply to emails. Autoreply goes on from Christmas Eve until the New Year when I return refreshed and raring to go

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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
Canada
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yes Dec 9, 2011

I have had some xmas jobs and i get bored if I have nothing to do for too long.A lot of my clients close up during that time but if anyone needs me, I'll do it. I can always use the cash!
Last year I was available but no one contacted me...we'll see this year.


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Jeff Whittaker  Identity Verified
United States
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Not usually Dec 9, 2011

However, this year I already have over 100,000 words to finish before mid-January, so I may have no other choice.

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