"I originally was apprehensive about sitting here, but then I was like 'there's going to be a story here' so I took a chance."
Of course he hasn't caught the Christmas spirit this year. Not only does he have to pay his employees for Christmas Eve and Day like usual, he has to pay them even though Christmas Eve is on a non-work day and they won't return to work until Wednesday.
And he has to do it all over again for New Year's!!