Millions of bosses are ditching their Scrooge-like image by giving workers an extra day off this Christmas.
Experts predict a huge chunk of the country's workforce will be given Monday December 24 off in order to enjoy an extra long holiday weekend.
Traditionally, many offices and factories shut down over the Christmas period but over recent years more and more workers have been expected to turn in on Christmas Eve.
However, this year it seems the festive spirit has got to even the most Bah Humbug of bosses.
Peter Mooney, a spokesman for personnel software Employersafe, said: "We have been contacted by hundreds of our clients asking for advice on whether or not they should shut their office on Christmas Eve.
"A lot of people expect to have Christmas Eve off and many kind bosses give their staff paid leave, or at least let them work only half a day. However, Christmas Eve is not a bank holiday and this is really up to the discretion of individual managers.
"Judging by our clients it seems more bosses are giving their staff the day off this year. This appears to be because Christmas Eve is falling on a Monday."
The Christmas Eve holiday trend has emerged only a few weeks after new laws were introduced giving workers the right to at least 24 days holiday a year.
This will increase to 28 days from April 2009.