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Old 04-19-2012, 08:46 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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when I lived in Texas, you could NOT Shop on SUNDAY !!!!
In Texas, Retail `Blue Laws` Headed For Last Round-up - Chicago Tribune

I remember when the Blue Laws were repealed, I was one of the most vocal people against them, I wrote countless letters to state representatives, the governor, senators etc for years, as well as speaking out against them with letters to the newspapers and by pointing out to everyone I knew how absolutely archaic the laws were.
The greatest enemy to this freedom was the religious right. And not just the religious right, but the catholics and many mainline protestant churches wpoke out in favor of blue laws.
Think about it...you can't shop, buy booze, or do much of anything on Suandays so what would you do? Go to Church !!!
Many Christians were devestated when we finally got the laws passed to repeal these blue laws.
The rest of us went out and celebrated, because what we saw was a weakening of Christianity and the triumph of freedom over religion
This sounds pretty normal to me, here in the Netherlands the shops are always closed on Sundays (except a few times a year when they're allowed to be open). I've never given it much thought, there's not much of a debate about it here. Doesn't really bother me anyway, so what if the shops are closed once a week? If you know this in advance you can just buy the stuff you need the day before.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:37 PM
 
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Nothing is closed by law in the U.S., as far as I know.
Blue laws in my state still dictate when alcohol can be served on Sunday, and alcohol can't be sold on Sunday from a liquor store except if it's ten miles from the New Hampshire border because people can buy alcohol in NH and there's no sales tax and it's all rather confusing.
I remember in Virginia, you couldn't buy a kite or a bathing suit or a record on Sunday.
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:41 AM
 
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Nothing is closed by law in the U.S., as far as I know.
Blue laws in my state still dictate when alcohol can be served on Sunday, and alcohol can't be sold on Sunday from a liquor store except if it's ten miles from the New Hampshire border because people can buy alcohol in NH and there's no sales tax and it's all rather confusing.
I remember in Virginia, you couldn't buy a kite or a bathing suit or a record on Sunday.
do stores close on christmas day in the U.S ? , i dont just mean the likes of wallmart or the big retailers , every single corner family run store ?
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:57 AM
 
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There are lots of silly laws still on the books in the US

Fun Facts: Blue Laws of the USA - Part 1

There are still places with Sunday closing laws, I think:

SUNDAY LAW IS COMING

Note that the US post office is closed on Sunday everywhere in the US. The only post office that was not was in Alfred, NY when I went to college there. At that time, it was closed on Saturday because
Alfred was a Seventh Day Baptist (no, not Seventh Day Adventist, but Baptist) town and the sabbath was Saturday. That has since been changed though and I cannot find anything about the history online anymore.

Most stores are closed on Christmas day because the retailers figure that most people will not be shopping on that day and most of their employees want the day off to spend with family. Interestingly, many movie theaters are open on that day.
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:16 PM
 
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well, if a person who runs a mom and pop store want to be cclosed on Sunday then I would see no problem with this. When I was a kid, barber shops (in texas) were always closed on Sunday and Monday so that the guys who hacked hair could have a two day weekend like everyone else. Saturday was probably the busiest day.
But what we had in Texas was the governemnet passing laws that said "You cannot sell these items on consecutive saturday and sunday: <Long list followed> " So in effect, the Christian church had the state governemnet in it's pocket trying to keep stores closed on Sunday, trying to give people nothing to do except go to church. It is not right for someone like myself, who did not believe all the things ebing preached on Sunday, to be told "OH OH HERE you can't buy a new leash and collar on Sunday It is against the law"
You can buy cat food, but not a bowl to eat it out of.

I was glad to see that law repealed, and the churches spoke out loudest against that repeal when it happened. They had a Sunday morning of weeping and gnashing of teeth. I guess.
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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There are lots of silly laws still on the books in the US

Fun Facts: Blue Laws of the USA - Part 1

There are still places with Sunday closing laws, I think:

SUNDAY LAW IS COMING

Note that the US post office is closed on Sunday everywhere in the US. The only post office that was not was in Alfred, NY when I went to college there. At that time, it was closed on Saturday because
Alfred was a Seventh Day Baptist (no, not Seventh Day Adventist, but Baptist) town and the sabbath was Saturday. That has since been changed though and I cannot find anything about the history online anymore.

Most stores are closed on Christmas day because the retailers figure that most people will not be shopping on that day and most of their employees want the day off to spend with family. Interestingly, many movie theaters are open on that day.

Business for movie theaters on Christmas is too good for them to close. Chinese food and movies is the traditional Christmas Day activity for Jews. As a matter of fact, a Jewish guy in my office was needling a Hindu guy in my office because, since so many Hindus have moved into the NY metro area over the past decades, it's becoming crowded at the Chinese food places and movie theaters on Christmas Day!
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:25 PM
 
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I once went to see "My Dinner With Andre" on Christmas Day, and got sold out of the first show.
Convenience stores certainly stay open , if nothing else, to sell batteries for all those gifty doodads.
I guess because I've always worked that holiday (restaurants, hospitals) it seems odd to me that anything would be closed, rather, that anything would be *ordered* closed.
I do remember, in middle school, seeing how many holidays the Catholic kids observed. Seemed every week was another "Feast of Saint Whomever" day or something.
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:29 PM
 
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Going to the movie theater on Christmas day? Sounds a bit strange to me. Then again, in the Netherlands we have a tradition of going to the IKEA and similar stores (which are typically all located on one boulevard in the bigger cities) on Christmas day so I guess it could be worse That is one Sunday the shops are open LOL.
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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do stores close on christmas day in the U.S ? , i dont just mean the likes of wallmart or the big retailers , every single corner family run store ?
Most stores are open part of the day. Supermarkets close early, but a lot of Mom and Pops are open. Non-Christians have no reason to close.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Going to the movie theater on Christmas day? Sounds a bit strange to me. Then again, in the Netherlands we have a tradition of going to the IKEA and similar stores (which are typically all located on one boulevard in the bigger cities) on Christmas day so I guess it could be worse That is one Sunday the shops are open LOL.
As was made clear, the movies-on-Christmas story referred to Hindus and Jews. Do you have either of those groups in any significant size in The Netherlands?

Also, here in the US, Christmas falls on December 25, which is not always a Sunday.
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