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Post-Christian culture: McDonald’s urges restaurants to stay open on Christmas December 19, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, error, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.

Whatever you think of them, there is probably no restaurant chain more ubiquitous or representative of Americana than McDonald’s. So it is perhaps revealing that McDonalds is now encouraging their franchisees to be open on Christmas day:

After a greater number of McDonald’s stores stayed open on Thanksgiving, resulting in an estimated $36 million additional sales this year, an internal memo from the company is urging franchisees to remain open on Christmas. According to an analysis in Advertising Age, that one day accounted for almost one percentage point of their 2.5-percent increase in sale growth for the month of November:

Opening on holidays didn’t happen much in the company’s Christmases past. Richard Adams, a consultant and former McDonald’s franchisee, said that “Thanksgiving was never open. Then 15 to 16 years ago, some started staying open.” As recently as five or six years ago, “you would never even talk about being open on Christmas, even if some were open on Thanksgiving. For the franchisees, this is a big cultural shift.”

When I was a kid, I remember everything – everything – was shut down on Christmas day.  Even convenience stores were closed.  Then, in the mid-late 80s, a few convenience stores started to open around noon or a little after on Christmas.  That rapidly exploded to all convenience stores being open.  Now many restaurants and other business types are open on Christmas, just as so many shops opened on Thanksgiving trying to gin up sales with big markdowns on certain items. That led to unedifying scenes of chaos as people fought and shoved to get the limited amounts of cheap merchandise.

That is our god in America now – commerce.  The sanctity of the day Christ was born can’t compare at all to the worship given to the almight god of commerce in our society today.  The sad thing is, the reason people want to be able to buy, buy, BUY every day of the year at every time is because they’re trying to fill that great big empty space in their heart, but it’s the false god of commerce that put that empty place there to begin with!  It’s like an addiction – getting a fix may make you temporarily feel better, but every fix you get makes you more a slave to your own destruction.

Lord, have mercy on us.



1. Jay Boyd - December 19, 2012

My daughter works part-time at a local restaurant. When she went to work the other day, the owner told her, “You’re working on Christmas day.” My daughter said, “No, I’m not.” She even told her boss, “We shouldn’t even be open on Christmas!” You’re right – it’s all about the money that can be made…sigh. But I was quite pleased with my daughter!

2. Woody - December 19, 2012

Why would you want to go to a fast food restaurant on Christmas anyway? Why would you want to go shopping on Christmas? As for my childhood, I remember when everything was closed on SUNDAYS.

tantamergo - December 19, 2012

I do, too. Or most everything. I pray for the return of Blue laws.

Raul De La Garza III (@raul_delagarza) - December 19, 2012

Same here. Just give me some polyhedral dice, a Star Wars RPG rulebook, pencils, paper and my kids and I am all set. I have need of nothing else to entertain…except for maybe more dice! 😉

Seriously, a general return of and to the Faith is what is needed all across these United States. Hence the holy father’s dubbing this the Year of Faith.

Wise man, he is…

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