For 25 years I had to ask a small group of office staff to work over the Christmas-New Year's break (with compensation); but, as their manager, I always came in as well and did non-essential, end of year clean up work in my files, etc. It was for moral support. I got to know them better during this time because we had a lot of close interaction throughout the week and shared a nice feeling of being a bit like work warriors, holding down the fort, while everyone else was off.
Now that I'm retired (for 5 years) I enjoy the week but it doesn't feel much different from the rest of the 51 each year.
That said, my wife is happy that we finally get to spend that week together.
FIREd, April 1, 2015. My Retirement Benefits Package includes: 6 months vacation, twice a year.