33 thoughts on “December 25, 2016

  1. Please accept without obligation, express or implied, these best wishes for an environmentally safe, socially responsible, low stress, non addictive, and gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday as practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice (but with respect for the religious or secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or for their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all) and further for a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated onset of the generally accepted calendar year (including, but not limited to, the Christian calendar, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures). The preceding wishes are extended without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform, or sexual preference of the wishee(s). 🙂

    • Yes, entertainment venues, (movie theaters, bowling centers, casinos, etc) get to enjoy a busy work day. Also many restaurants, some fast food joints, grocery stores, and of course our wonderful service personnel – firemen, police and military.

      • And we appreciate it. I saw Sing and La La Land today. Very heavy attendance at my theatre.

        Single folk like myself would be at a severe disadvantage without restaurants and movie houses open today. Hope that most of those working aren’t disappointing any families.

  2. Enjoy what may be your last Christmas off Marla, before Corporate decides to have the store open “for just a few hours” on Christmas afternoon, in later years for regular hours since employees are just robots who don’t matter, and don’t have families they’d like to share a holiday with. Making money is much more important than people.

  3. I don’t like people having to work on Christmas, but I give gas stations a pass, since gas is a needed thing on any day. Unlike grocery or department stores, who don’t have anything that can’t wait until tomorrow.

    • You’ve never run out of butter right before you started the mashed potatoes, have you? 😀

      (Neither have I, but the puppy did stretch up onto the counter and help herself to one of our dinner ingredients once. Good thing she’s cute.)

    • Yeah, but us Gas Station/Convenience Store employees would like to spend time with our families too. There needs to be some kind of happy medium. :/

    • Even gas stations aren’t necessary…people can fill up the day or two days before.

      Retail workers are basically forced to suffer because of the poor planning and time management of the entitled customers who think the world is here solely to serve them.

      • Bulls-eye and Bravo!

        You called that one exactly, Donna

        From the days when I was a delivery driver and would get paged and have to change my route [again]: “Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part!”

        I don’t do politically correct so:

        Merry Christmas to everyone!
        [but especially to law enforcement, emt/medical, firefighting and retail]

        • Oops, I forgot to include restaurants/food service, which is retails brother or sister

          Merry Christmas to everyone who has to deal with the public, you more than deserve it

      • Planning ahead can avoid having to fuel on Sunday? That depends on how far you’re traveling. And even good plans can get upset by accidents or weather that necessitates a long wait or detour. Yeah, I’m sure some would rather not travel on Christmas, but that doesn’t always work out.

      • The main reason gas stations are a necessity is emergency vehicles, even if they have planned ahead and have a full tank Christmas eve they could be very busy and need a fill up on Christmas day.

      • Some of us have to travel over the holidays for work related things–and I can’t drive from Dallas to Albqurque without needing to fill up

  4. I remember those days. Trying not to think about the returns waiting for me on the 26th. And the inventory we’d fail in January due to having no loss prevention anymore.

    Now I work in a hospital for more money, less stress, and pay for it by having to work Christmas taking care of drunks.

    But hey, I’d never go back to retail again for any amount of money.

  5. Back when I was still working, I always volunteered to open Christmas morning so my co-workers could spend time with family it always surprised me how many customers we had and also how many were so unappreciative that we were open specially if we did not have what they were looking for and we got requests for some crazy stuff for a C-Store

  6. I work in a drug store. We were open today, of course, even though the pharmacy part of our store was not (what???)). I’m in a small town, and Walmart was closed, so other than 2 gas stations, we were the only place open.

    No, it wasn’t busy, why do you ask? LOL Some of the crazy requests I got today …. charcol (for the grill), all kinds of liquor (nope, we do have beer and wine though), and the one I have NEVER heard in almost 40 years of retail …… (remember, this is a drug store) POTATOES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When I told him no, he asked me if I had any at home I could get for him. WTH?????

    • I also work at a drug store (possibly the same one, the ‘other Wally World’), and we were packed today with every other sensible place closed. I only work the camera department, and I spent more time ringing up people than actually working in the photo department, but that department wasn’t too busy except the canvas prints a family actually waited for (at least they were grateful for my effort).

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