A Change.org petition demanding that all shops be closed on Boxing Day, set up by Ian Lapworth, claims "we managed 30 or 40 years ago" and should "forget making money for one day" and "concentrate on making more memories with the ones we love".
"Whilst not everyone may see Christmas as a religious holiday, it should be respected as such, and retail workers given some decent family time to relax and enjoy the festivities like everyone else."Whilst I appreciate that some people in the UK wish to live in the 1950's, I have a number of observations wrt this petition:
1 We are not living in the 1950's.
2 Shopping on Boxing Day is not compulsory.
3 Many people (eg doctors, nurses, firemen, TV bods, etc etc) work over the seasonal period.
4 Not everyone is a Christian or, for that matter, believes in god.
5 If you want to spend Christmas with your family and not shop, then good luck to you. However, it's not for you to dictate to others what they can/cannot do over this period.
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