For many, Christmas was another day at work


by Jaime Cerreta

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Posted on December 25, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 25 at 8:00 PM

PHOENIX -- Not everyone got Christmas day off work, and many customers were grateful their favorite businesses were open for the holiday.

A Starbucks store in Phoenix was bustling Christmas morning, as coffee drinkers lined up to get their caffeine fix.

“We've been pretty much busy all day long,” said barista Steven Humble. “I got here at 6:30 a.m. and there were people running through the drive-thru even when we weren’t open. Everyone needed their coffee extra early this morning."

The Coach House Tavern in Scottsdale also opened its doors to customers on Christmas.

"I'm here with my family," said patron Molly Storer. "The Coach House is a Christmas tradition."

With its long hours and festive decorations, Scottsdale's oldest tavern is a popular holiday spot.

"We do this every year and everyone seems to love (it)," said "Steve the Bartender."

"We are open 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. 365 days a year. We have to help out the families to increase the joy at Christmas."

Firefighters also showed up for work bright and early Christmas morning, prepared to handle emergency calls throughout the day.

" 'A-shift' happened to fall on today, so once every three years we have to work on Christmas,” said A-shift firefighter Patrick O’Neill, who was stationed at Phoenix Fire Station 7.

Between calls, firefighters made themselves at home at the station with a prime rib dinner and Christmas cookies.