Letters to the Editor

Shopping on Christmas wrong

Christmas shopping is in full swing. I watch from the sidelines as people scurry from store to store trying to find the best deals.

Isn’t it sad how the season of love and hope has been reduced to a commercial bottom line?

It was stated that Canada was a multi-cultural country and as such shouldn’t close the stores on Christian holidays.

It doesn’t matter what religion you are.

A stat holiday is a day to down tools and be with your family.

We have been awarded a special time of Christmas day and Boxing Day.

That’s two days where you can spend one full day with your loved ones and one day to get home.

We as a society have allowed commerce to steal our Boxing Day as well as New Year’s Day. The commercial bottom line did that. I would love to see stores closed on all our stat. holidays. The sales would still be there the following day.

People now have to travel Christmas night just to get to work Boxing Day for the big sales. Heck, some people have to work Christmas Day just to prepare for the Boxing Day sales. That’s just wrong!

Spain closes their stores Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. and open them again Monday morning.

Sundays are for families. You see them out walking together or going to community events together — the complete family — all age groups.

Our society is so fractured that our families barely sit down for a meal.

Our teenagers think the mall is the only entertainment out there and have no sense of community.

Our mental health and our families all need these holidays.

We need to reconnect with one another. So now there is talk of stores staying open Christmas day!

I believe this to be unacceptable and I urge everyone to boycott any store that attempts to expand their shopping hours to Dec. 25. Stop this now ... and go home and put your feet up.

Elaine Thompson

Parksville

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