Skip to comments.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.
I remember the Blue Laws era when NO stores were open on Sunday! Those were the good old days.
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.
I was glad to see my local Walmart will be closed on Christmas Day. Gas stations and 7-11 — that should be it.
We live in a world where there is no such thing as delayed gratification.
I want it, and I want it NOW.
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.
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.
Exactly what you said. I agree. Everything else, give the employees a break.
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).
“Gas stations and 7-11 that should be it.”
And Chinese restaurants.
Christianity is supposed to be a religion that one follows, not make others follow.
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 .
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
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.
Don’t shop anywhere on Christmas. Stay home. Even get the football game goodies and gas beforehand too.
Christianity has NO holidays, and requires NO holidays
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.
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.
I usually forget something or another. I’ll typically go out one or two times ... :-) ...
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.
Me too, on the Sunday thing. Good intentions, poor execution.
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
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.
You’re right, of course. So let’s open ALL the stores, liquor marts, brothels, pot clubs, and opium dens 24 x 365.
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.
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.
how about a hospital or a fire department or a police station???
Good point .the way our family celebrated, Christmas Eve thru late Christmas am was it .by noon, it was almost another day.
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?
“how about a hospital or a fire department or a police station???”
I wasn’t aware they were categorized as retail.
Your response to Jonty was absurd .
and yet, his screen name is “PROTECTOURFREEDOM” - ironic, ain’t it????
I don’t think the word Freedom means what he thinks it means. :)
Probably the best movie line ever.
If people want to work; let them.
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.
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 ... :-) ...
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.
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.
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!
I just hope they are open tomorrow.
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.
“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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
oh, please...government interference in private enterprise is seldom, if ever, beneficial....
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.
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.