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  •  Well, (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm not a big fan of shopping, unless it's online, or a
    bookstore.  :-)  And I do plan ahead as much as possible with groceries and such.  But I'm saying I understand why places like movie theaters, bowling alleys, etc. would want to stay open on Christmas, since that's a Christian holiday.  I would be opposed to forcing anyone to work it who wants to celebrate with their family, but for the non-Christians who don't celebrate it, I don't see why we should be forced to sit at home with no options
    because everything is closed.  So I'm conflicted because on the one hand I don't think employees should be forced to work it, but on the other hand, I like having
    options and places open for my convenience.

    The Girl Who Loved Stories
    I’m a feminist because the message is still "don’t get raped" not "don’t rape"

    by Avilyn on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 09:47:53 AM PST

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    •  forced to work (2+ / 0-)
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      is much worse than sitting at home on Christmas.

      You have numerous options.

      Nature.  And it's freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee and almost always is open.

      I a sure you can get by without bowling, going to the gym, watching a movie on a widely accepted holiday such as Tday and xmas.  

      Or you could even volunteer at a soup kitchen.  

      I know of a great Thai diner that is open year round. :)

      "Love One Another" ~ George Harrison

      by Damnit Janet on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 09:58:46 AM PST

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      •  The problem I have is that (1+ / 0-)
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        it's a Christian holiday, and this is not a Christian
        nation. There is no national religion.  I don't see
        why one religion's holidays should be given
        preference over anothers.  What about
        everywhere closing for Yom Kippur, or Diwali?
        It doesn't seem fair to favor one particular
        religious holiday over others.  That said, I don't
        think anyone should be forced to work it - if
        it is a holiday they celebrate, they should be
        able to take off without reprecussion.  

        And I'm only talking about the religious holidays
        here (Xmas, Easter, etc) - not Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is a national, secular holiday and I
        agree no one should have to work it.

        The Girl Who Loved Stories
        I’m a feminist because the message is still "don’t get raped" not "don’t rape"

        by Avilyn on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 10:26:03 AM PST

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        •  Ahhh. I see. (3+ / 0-)
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          Avilyn, nicolemm, ladybug53

          I don't view xmas as a religious holiday.  :)  I can't connect the dots when it comes to christian holidays and their tradition.  Santa Claus? Easter Bunny?  Who are they kidding? LOL

          I see Christmas as more of a surviving the winter.  Feasting and resting from hard work.  Celebrating the bounty and sharing it.

          But we don't volunteer just this time of year.  We do it all year long.  My family is anti-war and anti-hunger.  Both could be ended today if we had the will to do it.

          For many of us low income workers xmas and tday are just two breathers from a hard season.  

          America really doesn't do "holidays" religious or not.  It's all just about consuming.  A part of the machine that spits us all out.  Religious or otherwise.

          Peace :)

          "Love One Another" ~ George Harrison

          by Damnit Janet on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 10:40:33 AM PST

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