The day after Christmas, all through the state, for many a worker, a day off was their fate.
But for all the others, come 9 in the morn’, Thursday meant another workday was born.
So it was for Bostonian Mulualem Eshetie, who was running the register at a Beacon Hill store, City Convenience, in the afternoon.
“It’s the same [as] the other day, no difference,” he said. “I’m just working very hard.”
Eshetie worked Christmas Day and was set to put in 18 hours Thursday, first at the store, then at a gas station.
‘We pretty much shut down, except for emergency situations.’Raytheon spokesman
For employees of some big Massachusetts companies, though, Thursday offered a respite from the daily grind, with businesses going into hibernation through New Year’s Day.
The Waltham global headquarters of Raytheon Co., one of the top employers in Massachusetts and among the world’s largest defense contractors, was closed Thursday.
“We pretty much shut down, except for emergency situations, between Christmas and New Year’s,” said Michael F. Doble, a company spokesman.
The offices of Cambridge-based Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc., which has about 1,300 employees in Massachusetts, are closed between the two holidays as well, said company spokesman Zach Barber.
“So only a limited number of employees are working today or over the coming days,” he said in an e-mail.
The end of the year is always a quiet time for academia, too.
Harvard University is closed Christmas Day through New Year’s Day, with just a skeleton crew on campus, said spokesman Kevin Donovan.
“The students are out, so any nonessential personnel are on vacation this week,” he said.
Daniel Fitzgibbons, a spokesman for the University of Massachusetts Amherst, said a smattering of people were at work on campus Thursday, including members of the grounds crew, who were busy grooming trees.
“Since we’re between semesters, faculty might be here but don’t have to be,” he said. “If there’s faculty here, they’re doing personal work . . . or catch-up work.”
While it was a sleepy day across much of Massachusetts, financial markets remained open and so was Boston-based State Street Corp., which has about 12,000 employees in the state.
Spokeswoman Anne E. McNally said the financial services company “continues to operate business as usual during the holiday week.”
The US corporate headquarters of Santander Bank in Boston was open Thursday, along with all its Massachusetts branches, said spokeswoman Nancy Orlando. She said the company has nearly 3,150 employees in the state.
Though traffic at some local grocery stores appeared light, supermarkets were open for customers refilling their depleted cupboards after the holiday.
All Whole Foods Market and Stop & Shop locations in Massachusetts were operating Thursday, said spokeswomen for the companies.
Heather W. McCready, the Whole Foods Market spokeswoman, estimated the company had about 6,500 full- and part-time employees in the state.
But the corridors of the State House were empty and silent much of the day. The House of Representatives and Senate each held short, informal sessions that drew just a few members.
Gloucester Republican Bruce E. Tarr was one of two state senators at the 26-minute morning session in that chamber.
He said the post-holiday serenity under the golden dome allowed him to zip through a big chunk of work, from finalizing a bill he filed to boost the marketing of seafood to catching up on e-mails and phone calls.
“It’s actually been a fairly productive day,” he said.
Governor Deval Patrick spent the day “enjoying time with his family,” according to his spokeswoman, Jesse Mermell.
Meanwhile, Martin J. Walsh, Boston’s mayor-elect, spent Thursday in meetings, less than two weeks away from his Jan. 6 inauguration, his spokeswoman said.
For some Bostonians though, grinding through the day after Christmas was actually better than a standard at period of work.
Standing in front of a stretch limousine on Tremont Street as snow fell on Thursday afternoon, driver Andrew Klein, 73, said shuttling customers was no bother at all.
“It’s a good day to work,” he said with a smile, “because there’s no traffic.”