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 ... :-) ...