Keeping spirits bright while working Christmas |

Keeping spirits bright while working Christmas

Darian Warden
Claudia Molina works an afternoon shift Christmas Day at the Kum n' Go on Yampa Avenue in Craig. Molina said she didn't mind working on the holiday.
Darian Warden

Claudia Molina, of Craig, was able to see her daughter Yoselin, 5, and son Diego, 2, tear into their presents this morning when they woke up at 5 a.m. excited to see whether Santa had come.

Yoselin had stayed up until midnight attempting to catch Santa delivering presents until Molina told her Santa wouldn’t come if she was awake.

“As soon as she went to bed, I ran to the closet and put the presents under the tree,” Molina said. “I even left a note from Santa, thanking her for the cookies and milk. She wants to put the note in a photo album.”

After a perfect start to Christmas, Molina’s spirits weren’t dampened when she had to go to work for an afternoon shift at the Kum n’ Go on Yampa.

“I don’t mind working,” Molina said. “It’s fun and busy all the time, so it goes by fast.”

Now in her fourth year working Christmas, Molina said the first Christmas she worked was a little rough because she was robbed of beer by a man during her first night shift.

But even that couldn’t deter her from working more Christmases.

Sure, she was nervous, Molina said about her second Christmas, but it seems the holiday shifts have gotten better.

“It’s necessary to be open,” Molina said. “In case someone needs medicine, gas or an emergency happens.”

Molina’s least favorite part about working on Christmas?

“Mopping the floor,” she said with a laugh.

With the many customers coming in and out, the floor gets a little dirty.

Having opened presents and celebrated with her kids and family in the morning, Molina’s Christmas celebration still was not over when she got off work at 4 p.m.

“My mom said she’d cook dinner for me and have it ready when I got off work,” Molina said. “So I’m going to go eat at my mom’s house.”

Darian Warden can be reached at 875-1793 or

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