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Oxfordshire people go to work on Christmas Day

For most people, Christmas is the one day of the year they can be sure they can put their feet up.

But while most of us are sitting down to turkey and the Queen's Speech, for some Christmas Day is a working day just like any other.

The football manager

Image caption Mickey Lewis says Christmas is just a normal day for footballers

Mickey Lewis is Oxford United's assistant manager. For him, Christmas Day will be spent in training, before travelling to Oxford's Boxing Day match in the evening.

He says on Christmas Day "nothing changes" for footballers.

"We've got a game on Boxing Day, we'll be training on Christmas Day and because the game is an early kick off we'll be travelling up on Christmas night", he said.

"I've got no kids so I'm all right. I've got my family coming up on Christmas Eve so we just do Christmas Eve as Christmas Day."

As a concession to the holiday, the training on Christmas Day will start at 17:00 GMT.

"Hopefully the players won't have been over indulging too much on the day.

"An old manager of mine from years ago said Christmas is for kids, that's how you've got to approach it really."

Oxford United will play three games in eight days over the Christmas period. However, Mr Lewis said there was no reason to complain.

"We're not doctors, we're not nurses, we do a fantastic job.

"It's something we all enjoy. We're lucky in that respect.

"We all get time off in the summer."

The power station worker

Image caption At Didcot Power Station, staff work over Christmas to make sure there is power to cook turkeys and heat homes in Oxfordshire

Simon Holloway is a shift operations manager at Didcot Power Station, and will be working nights on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve, making sure Oxfordshire households have the power to cook the turkey and keep the house heated.

He said the power stations would not be at "full capacity", as many industries shut down over the Christmas period.

Over Christmas, 10 people will be on shifts as opposed to 20 in a normal week. Their job is to operate and turbines and boilers which create power for the county.

"We try and keep it straight in the control room but we have lights and decorations here and there.

"We usually get a hamper and have a little get together, but we don't all do carol singing around the panels," he said.

The animal sanctuary warden

Image caption Animals are given treats on Christmas Day at Oxford Animal Sanctuary

At Oxford Animal Sanctuary, the day is split into two shifts on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day so animals can be cleaned out and exercised.

The shelter is home to 160 cats, 102 dogs, rabbits, six sheep, two goats and two ponies. The animals are given special food at Christmas such as chicken, fish and sausages.

Maggie Whalley, warden at Oxford Animal Sanctuary, said she would be at the Stadhampton animal sanctuary on Christmas Day.

She has worked there for 20 years.

"I'm not a Christmassy person," she said.

"For me, it's like any other day, the only good thing about it is the animals get extra treats, they love the treats.

"In the past we've had a Christmas tree, but we've decided not to this year, especially with the wet windy weather.

"You couldn't have decorations on the Christmas tree because the animals would try to eat them."

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