Everyone knows that not much gets done around the office between Christmas Eve and New Years Day. Most people are on vacation anyway, and those that aren't wish they were. Even if there's work to be done, no one's around to crack the whip and make sure it gets done.
Christmas 1999, Wright Engineers' first Holiday Season, we had about ten employees - all but one of whom were out of the office happily enjoying their vacation time. The one person that remained could not work independently, so I had to come into the office each day during the Holidays to try to keep him busy. I felt like we were the only two people working in the entire city. The phones were dead. It was a huge waste of time. I vowed it would never happen again. Every year since then Wright Engineers has closed between Christmas and New Years Day.