From block to block, Lufkin streets were empty most of the day.
"For the most part, Christmas is pretty calm, up until at least noon," said Chris Carroll, a patrol officer for the City of Lufkin.
Most were in their homes watching family members open the gifts they've been anxious to get their hands on and enjoying holiday dinner and Christmas cheer.
"Most of us do have families,"said Carroll.
There were a select few who remained on the clock today. Lufkin police officers got up bright and early leaving their loved ones to celebrate Christmas without them.
"We all have to do it at some point or another,"said Carroll.
Some like Officer McMullen, says he doesn't mind patrolling on Christmas at all. He rearranges his schedule so he and family still have time to visit.
"It's been really fun this year,"said McMullen, a patrol officer for the City of Lufkin.