McDonald's to Stay Open on Christmas

Spokeswoman says workers at company-owned franchises given an option of whether to work

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    NEWSLETTERS

    This could be the location of your Christmas dinner this year.

    A Big Mac and fries isn't typical Christmas dinner fare, but it will be an optional menu this year.

    A company spokeswoman for Oak Brook-based McDonald's confirmed to Ad Age that the restaurants will be open on Christmas Day.

    According to the magazine, McDonald's CEO Jim Jim Johannesen issued an internal memo in early November asking franchises to open on Thanksgiving and Christmas this year to help boost sales. Sources say 6,000 stores decided to open on Thanksgiving.

    The company posted a 2.5 percent sales growth for the month of November, a performance Johannesen credited to the holiday sales in another memo obtained last week.

    According to McDonald's officials, workers at company-owned restaurants can voluntarily sign up to work on holidays and are not paid overtime.

    No word on any plans to add a McTurkey to the menu.