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What do Christians think of retail stores being open on holidays, including Christmas?

Posted on 12/23/2013 5:39:15 PM PST by Faith Presses On

As I recall, retail stores started being open on Thanksgiving about a decade ago. The first ones to my knowledge were stores like Dollar General and Family Dollar. That was later followed by KMart, etc., and now most stores are open. These stores are now open on Easter, too, for some years. And last year, for the first time that I've noticed it, Dollar General (and probably others) is open on Christmas. So what do Christians think of this? I myself think it's terrible, and is another sign of where our country is headed.


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1 posted on 12/23/2013 5:39:15 PM PST by Faith Presses On
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To: Faith Presses On

I remember the Blue Laws era when NO stores were open on Sunday! Those were the good old days.


2 posted on 12/23/2013 5:40:42 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Faith Presses On

i think it’s sad for so many to have to work.

i think for travellers i can understand certain businesses being open, if nothing else for safety reasons. but for people to just do non-essential shopping, or get gifts they somehow just couldn’t plan to get days, weeks or months before,....no.


3 posted on 12/23/2013 5:42:21 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Faith Presses On

I was glad to see my local Walmart will be closed on Christmas Day. Gas stations and 7-11 — that should be it.


4 posted on 12/23/2013 5:43:46 PM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: Faith Presses On
All I can tell you for sure is that we ain't going back.

We live in a world where there is no such thing as delayed gratification.

I want it, and I want it NOW.

5 posted on 12/23/2013 5:44:05 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Faith Presses On

were already where we were headed.

if not those stores would be closed On Christmas

conveniences stores and gas stations might be open..but general retail sales would cease for a day.


6 posted on 12/23/2013 5:44:42 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: Faith Presses On

I consider it my Christian duty to NOT shop on holidays so that employees can rest and enjoy family. No Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter day shopping for me. Sundays, I tried, but failed at that. I keep starting that one over, but cave by the end of the year.


7 posted on 12/23/2013 5:46:00 PM PST by tioga (Wise men still seek Him.)
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To: HokieMom

Exactly what you said. I agree. Everything else, give the employees a break.


8 posted on 12/23/2013 5:46:06 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Merry Christmas to all my fellow Americans. "Whatever" to everybody else!)
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To: Faith Presses On
What do Christians think of retail stores being open on holidays, including Christmas?

Good time to return unwanted gifts while waiting for the ballgame?

Not trying to sound blasphemous, but Christmas is hardly a celebration of our Lord.

That said, I like Christmas. Celebrating our Lord is difficult because He is so overwhelming.

As I get older, I feel like falling to my knees every time I think of Him (which is all day long).

9 posted on 12/23/2013 5:46:24 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: HokieMom

“Gas stations and 7-11 — that should be it.”


And Chinese restaurants.

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10 posted on 12/23/2013 5:47:00 PM PST by Mears
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Christianity is supposed to be a religion that one follows, not make others follow.


11 posted on 12/23/2013 5:49:41 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Lotta different definitions of “essential” - I don’t work on Christmas, and I don’t shop on Christmas - would really not like to do either - but not my decision on what is “essential” for others….


12 posted on 12/23/2013 5:50:18 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Mears

Right! Where else where we have Christmas dinner when the dog chomps the turkey!

One year Santa put a pocket knife in one of my son’s Christmas stocking and he closed it on his finger so we spent Christmas Day in the emergency room. Our Christmas dinner was hot dogs at 7-11. Ah, the memories! :D


13 posted on 12/23/2013 5:50:38 PM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: Faith Presses On
It's called freedom.

/johnny

14 posted on 12/23/2013 5:53:00 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Faith Presses On

Different strokes for different folks. There are people that don’t have something to do on Christmas. It’s not like they’re imposing on you...not one bit.


15 posted on 12/23/2013 5:53:44 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Faith Presses On

Don’t shop anywhere on Christmas. Stay home. Even get the football game goodies and gas beforehand too.


16 posted on 12/23/2013 5:55:36 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Faith Presses On

Christianity has NO holidays, and requires NO holidays


17 posted on 12/23/2013 5:55:43 PM PST by John Leland 1789
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To: Faith Presses On

For one thing, it’s basically impossible for all businesses to be closed on those holidays. And then, it’s something that is totally under the control of the business owner, if they want to or not,

FOR EXAMPLE ... I went to the shopping mall in Tulsa (Woodland Hills) and it was more crowded than I had ever seen before, I was glad the stores were open — however — there was one place that was closed on Sunday. It was in the food court and was Chick-fil-A. They were the only one closed on Sunday - and that’s their business if they want to close, however, I must say that I would have ordered something from them, but couldn’t - so I bought something from one of their “pagan neighbor businesses” ... :-) ...

The bottom line is that it should be totally up to the business owner, if he (or she) wants to do that.


18 posted on 12/23/2013 5:55:58 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Faith Presses On

I personally believe stores selling necessary or life-saving products (like hospitals and drug stores especially, or probably some food stores or restaurants, and gasoline) should be open all the time. These, because they can provide products or services that may be of very serious, important help to some customers. Most other stores (like TV or stereo sales places, hairdressers, barbers, gift shops, all the ordinary kinds of storefronts.....) should be considerate enough to close on Easter and Christmas, methinks.
In other words, 80 or 90 percent of the stores can close on the most important holidays. That would make me happy.
I am not holding my breath, however. So long as customers spend money the stores will, naturally, tend to want to stay open. The answer to this is up to us, the customers.


19 posted on 12/23/2013 5:56:29 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: Salvation

I usually forget something or another. I’ll typically go out one or two times ... :-) ...


20 posted on 12/23/2013 5:57:40 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Faith Presses On

Christmas is a nice idea but it is a made up date. I’m sure God cares a whole lot about what we choose to do on December 25th as opposed to any day of the year.


21 posted on 12/23/2013 5:59:35 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: tioga

Me too, on the Sunday thing. Good intentions, poor execution.


22 posted on 12/23/2013 6:00:48 PM PST by heartwood
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To: Faith Presses On

I grew when ‘blue laws’ were in effect. I don’t care if stores are open for business on any given day. I don’t have to shop on days that I don’t want to. I think this is a kerfluffle over nothing


23 posted on 12/23/2013 6:01:07 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Secret Agent Man

Hospitals, fire departments, airplanes, police stations… all sorts of things are open on holidays. My folks worked every holiday to give others time off to be with their families. We always found a way to celebrate.


24 posted on 12/23/2013 6:02:20 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Jonty30

You’re right, of course. So let’s open ALL the stores, liquor marts, brothels, pot clubs, and opium dens 24 x 365.


25 posted on 12/23/2013 6:02:22 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

A lot of towns in the South still have blue laws. Nothing open at all on Sundays, or very little open. A couple of year ago I was in my hometown in North Carolina when me and my brother went to the store to get some beer. It was 11 in the morning and he told me you couldn’t buy beer till 1 PM. I said why. He said stores can’t sell it till after church services. We stayed in the parking lot at Food Lion till 10 minutes to 1 and went in the store and got the beer. Got to cashier and had to stand there till it was exactly one o’clock. Cashier kept looking at her watch and finally sold it to us. She said she didn’t want to get arrested for selling it before 1. Now years absolutely nothing was open on Sunday and you were not buying any alcohol. My brother would always get me to go out to the Fort Bragg Class 6 to buy him a fifth of Seagrams 7.


26 posted on 12/23/2013 6:02:39 PM PST by NKP_Vet ("Rather than love, than money, than fame, then give truth" ~ Henry David Thoreau)
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To: Faith Presses On

As an employee, when I had a retail job I used to put in a request to work on Christmas Day. My family celebrates together on Christmas Eve, so Christmas Day I would be able to work a shift making time and a half on what would be an easy work day since business was light that day. Plus it allowed other employees who celebrated on Christmas Day to be with their families.


27 posted on 12/23/2013 6:03:03 PM PST by richmwill
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To: Mears

how about a hospital or a fire department or a police station???


28 posted on 12/23/2013 6:03:13 PM PST by Nifster
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To: richmwill

Good point….the way our family celebrated, Christmas Eve thru late Christmas am was it….by noon, it was almost another day.


29 posted on 12/23/2013 6:05:05 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Let’s do that and let freedom reign.

When you start deciding for other people what is to their benefit, where do you stop and why would everybody necessarily agree with you as to why we stop there?


30 posted on 12/23/2013 6:05:39 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Nifster

“how about a hospital or a fire department or a police station???”

I wasn’t aware they were categorized as retail.

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31 posted on 12/23/2013 6:05:46 PM PST by Mears
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To: ProtectOurFreedom; Jonty30

Your response to Jonty was absurd….


32 posted on 12/23/2013 6:08:03 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Jonty30

…and yet, his screen name is “PROTECTOURFREEDOM” - ironic, ain’t it????


33 posted on 12/23/2013 6:09:08 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I don’t think the word Freedom means what he thinks it means. :)

Probably the best movie line ever.


34 posted on 12/23/2013 6:10:44 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Faith Presses On

If people want to work; let them.


35 posted on 12/23/2013 6:11:27 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Hardly. It’s a question of where do you set limits. Ask a liberal about how much tax they should take from you? Should it be 100%? How about the minimum wage? If $10/hour is good, then $20 is better. Why not make it $100/hour? When you explore the boundaries, it gives you a much better sense of proportion and more information upon which to make decisions.


36 posted on 12/23/2013 6:11:46 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Mears; Nifster

I thought we were talking about the people who had to work on the holiday. Well ... if you weren’t I was, anyway.

AND ... that makes me wonder ... what about some automated website, where it’s all done electronically. I order something on the Apple website and the Chinese factory gets the order and gets ready to ship it. They’re PAGANS over in China anyway.

BUT, if you were in Israel, you would have to contend with the Haredim over there who get laws passed about this. And they even get hotels to run the elevators by NOT PUSHING THE BUTTONS, because it would be a violation of “no work on the Sabbath” if they had to push a button on the elevator ... :-) ...


37 posted on 12/23/2013 6:13:32 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

You are conflating laws that we all must live with (taxes, min wage) with free enterprise decisions….so sorry….NO DEAL. Bad analogy, 100% flawed.


38 posted on 12/23/2013 6:13:49 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Faith Presses On

I imagine those who are working major holidays make 1.5 pay or double pay, and I hope they are volunteers. Still, I will not shop on Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Easter no matter what. I have mixed feelings on stores opening those days, but I won’t permanently boycott a store over that mistake.


39 posted on 12/23/2013 6:14:10 PM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: John Leland 1789

I kinda like your attitude....I have a problem with all the secular emphasis on “Christmas” which does not include the REASON for he SEASON!


40 posted on 12/23/2013 6:15:00 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I just hope they are open tomorrow.


41 posted on 12/23/2013 6:15:03 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Faith Presses On

Up to the employer, the employees and the customers. Practicing Catholic here but not everybody is. So I’m closed but I recognize that others may not be.


42 posted on 12/23/2013 6:18:10 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: HokieMom

“Our Christmas dinner was hot dogs at 7-11. Ah, the memories! :D”


But those are the ones we remember-—where everything falls apart.

The reason I mentioned Chinese restaurants is because I have always lived in heavily Jewish areas and the movies and Chinese restaurants do very well on Christmas Day.

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43 posted on 12/23/2013 6:19:33 PM PST by Mears
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I always try to remember that for many Christmas is a difficult day of separation, loneliness and depression. God bless them and lift their hearts.


44 posted on 12/23/2013 6:23:22 PM PST by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: Star Traveler

There is an eruv where I live.

There always seem to be ways of skirting the stricter rules. (Not meant as a criticism,just an observation).

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45 posted on 12/23/2013 6:25:33 PM PST by Mears
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To: Faith Presses On

they are private businesses and it is none of my business when they open/close. Zillions of people work on Christmas, firemen, police, prison personnel, street maintenance people, ( could snow you know) airport staff, air traffic controllers, pilots, cargo handlers, military(all of them), hospital staff, nursing home staff, state hospital staff, so who are we to be upset that retail merchants and their employees want to pick a few extra bucks....employees usually make double, or more, time so just leave them alone....they are not out ther alone in the wilderness.


46 posted on 12/23/2013 6:28:07 PM PST by terycarl
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To: Faith Presses On

I think one of the reasons or excuses for stores being open later hours and/or Sundays and/or holidays, more often, was the change to more single mom’s and single or not more mom’s working and more moms working full time, leaving fewer hours at least one parent was not working when stores were open. Families complained they could not get all their shopping done with the only parent, or both parents working full time.

How true that is I am, not sure.


47 posted on 12/23/2013 6:29:40 PM PST by Wuli
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
I remember the Blue Laws era when NO stores were open on Sunday! Those were the good old days.

oh, please...government interference in private enterprise is seldom, if ever, beneficial....

48 posted on 12/23/2013 6:30:36 PM PST by terycarl
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To: Secret Agent Man

I guess it’s sad for them to have to work, but then it’s even sadder if they have no work.

If they can stay open on Sundays they can stay open on holidays. Not everyone in America is a Christian.

Boy do we know that.


49 posted on 12/23/2013 6:33:06 PM PST by Venturer (Half Staff the Flag of the US for Terrorists.)
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To: Mears
The reason I mentioned Chinese restaurants is because I have always lived in heavily Jewish areas and the movies and Chinese restaurants do very well on Christmas Day.

True, Chinese and Jewish Christians are a relatively NEW phenomenon. My 'dog' reference was from 'A Christmas Story' movie -- they end up at a Chinese restaurant at the end since they probably follow Confucianism and are the only place open. It's the 1950's. There's a very un-PC scene by today's standards with the Chinese waiters singing 'Deck the Halls' and pronouncing the 'l's like 'r's. Fa-ra-ra-ra-ra... Cute movie.

50 posted on 12/23/2013 6:33:50 PM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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