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Started 1356406601.627 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1356542117.633 by pupcakes

Why is it nobody gets all bent out of shape with movies premiering on Christmas Day, or for that matter movie theaters being open, like they did with stores (sales) being open Thanksgiving Day?

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mistriTsqu­irrel1356406976.02710639 PostsRegistered 7/17/2010Purgatory, USA

I do.

I won't go to a movie theater on Christmas day.

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JBinRWC1356407537.5178479 PostsRegistered 1/26/2008Northern CA

Maybe because going to a movie might be the only source of joy and entertainment for people who are all alone on Christmas. I'm sure there are many who have nothing else to do with their day. That is not the case with shopping on Thanksgiving Day. How many people really must shop that day when stores are open most other days of the year?

gowpen1356407847.22388 PostsRegistered 12/24/2012

maybe their joy is shopping.

circles1356413523.19317321 PostsRegistered 5/11/2005N.J.

as JBin said....there are plenty of people who don't have family to be with...or friends for that matter....it gives them someplace to go...also...lots of people have their celebrations on the Eve of Christmas and then are alone on the Day....

Julianna4261356415566.363374 PostsRegistered 1/14/2011Down Home
There are many that don't celebrate the day. It's probably nice to have a place to go that is open. If I didn't have family, I would probably go to the movies.

Alter Ego1356421622.541765 PostsRegistered 8/23/2007Chicago

I was kind of upset that stores were open on Thanksgiving, but then realized I had no right to complain because - guess what - I was in the theatre on Thanksgiving. And, I'll be going on Christmas too.

Maybe it's just me rationalizing, but I do think there is a difference. It's just my mother and me, and it's been our tradition to eat and then relax and go to a movie. It's our way of celebrating the specific holiday. But, shopping on Thanksgiving is not about celebrating Thanksgiving - it's about getting a deal; it's about Christmas. It's leaving your family and rushing around the stores to get there before they open. Of course, you can go shopping with your family, but you more than likely will not be relaxing with them and enjoying their company. To me, that is why I don't like the stores open on Thanksgiving - it's because you are not celebrating Thanksgiving. I get that holiday shopping the day after is tradition for some people, but the day of should be about Thanksgiving.

Theatres have been open and showing big movies on Christmas for a long time. But, this was the 1st big year that more and more stores were open for Thanksgiving.

JustMeMeli­ssa1356423728.6711618 PostsRegistered 4/29/2007Sweet Home Chicago...

I am going to see Les Miserables with my GF later today!

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peachesncr­eam1356433970.351920 PostsRegistered 4/22/2005

Going to the movies could be a welcome diversion for those who don't live near family or don't have the ability or finances to travel.

On this day especially, I chose not to judge others.

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! Smile

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TN halfback1356438064.9632691 PostsRegistered 1/20/2008
On 12/25/2012 EMTHeart13 said:

I am going to see Les Miserables with my GF later today!

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My DD and her friends are going to see it tonight. I was invited but not sure I can stay awake that late. Been up since 4:30! Getting too old I guess. {#emotions_dlg.sad}

Enjoy the movie & Merry Christmas! TN

Linders Ba­ck1356439344.8938507 PostsRegistered 9/4/2005Second star to the right and straight on till morning.

Thanksgiving is a National holiday for all Americans to celebrate. Chrismas is a Christian holiday so is not celebrated by many in our country. That is the biggest distinction in my book.

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pupcakes1356450462.9821295 PostsRegistered 7/29/2006

The movie I was going to see has been postponed from opening today.

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Hildegarde­ Withers1356451916.80323162 PostsRegistered 7/3/2008
On 12/25/2012 peachesncream said:

Going to the movies could be a welcome diversion for those who don't live near family or don't have the ability or finances to travel.

On this day especially, I chose not to judge others.

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! Smile

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scotttie1356457223.1835791 PostsRegistered 6/15/2006
On 12/24/2012 JBinRWC said:

Maybe because going to a movie might be the only source of joy and entertainment for people who are all alone on Christmas. I'm sure there are many who have nothing else to do with their day. That is not the case with shopping on Thanksgiving Day. How many people really must shop that day when stores are open most other days of the year?

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chickenbutt1356457683.823563 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

I don't get bent by any of it. I figure that just because I don't want to shop, or go to a movie, or whatever, I don't have the right to keep others from doing it. I'd love to see people not impose their own personal sense of morals (?) on others, but I won't hold my breath for that. Live and let live, sez I.

But, as for the movie thing - I've known people for whom going to a movie on either Thanksgiving or christmas was a tradition. None of them went alone, but always with the same loved one (whether it was a father, spouse, etc). While perhaps not the majority, I think a lot of people enjoy spending part of a holiday at a movie. You can count me out, as I don't like crowds, but I don't begrudge others their fun.

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winamac11356459662.48330413 PostsRegistered 12/29/2010Indiana
On 12/25/2012 EMTHeart13 said:

I am going to see Les Miserables with my GF later today!

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We almost ALWAYS go to a movie on Christmas day. We're not this year. I am sure Les Miserables will be fabulous, but I'm more into suspense, romantic comedies, lol, etc. We saw Guilt Trip this week and loved it. I see nothing else out that I truly want to see or we'd have thought of going to a movie too. Enjoy yourself EMT. Hugh Jackman, I'm sure, will be fabulous in it.

I would never judge anyone who wants to go to a movie on Christmas Day? Why would I? I do all the time, and I expect others like a break too. I wish more movies were out that I want to see. It's a dismal season imo--at least to me.

Have fun EMT!

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winamac11356459699.50330413 PostsRegistered 12/29/2010Indiana

meant to say dismal season for movies-disappointing.

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winamac11356459760.57730413 PostsRegistered 12/29/2010Indiana
On 12/25/2012 beammeupscottie said:
On 12/24/2012 JBinRWC said:

Maybe because going to a movie might be the only source of joy and entertainment for people who are all alone on Christmas. I'm sure there are many who have nothing else to do with their day. That is not the case with shopping on Thanksgiving Day. How many people really must shop that day when stores are open most other days of the year?

Yup.

ditto ITA!! Movies are not usually too terribly crowded on Christmas Day, but I have seen some major exceptions if a super anticipated flick comes out.

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winamac11356459780.5430413 PostsRegistered 12/29/2010Indiana
On 12/25/2012 PinkSugar said:

The movie I was going to see has been postponed from opening today.

What was it Pink?

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SparkleQue­en1356459969.83543 PostsRegistered 11/14/2008Wisconsin

Thank you for bringing this up. I was wondering about this too. I don't think theatres should be open on these holidays. Those employees don't get to spend time with their families. I do agree that there are people that don't celebrate Christmas or might be alone for the holidays, and welcome going to a movie.

However, I disagree that shopping should somehow be considered a more shallow past-time on a holiday. If anything, for someone who is alone and might be feeling down, going to a store would provide more human interaction.

How uplifting to go to a store on one of these holidays and perhaps give a piece of mini chocolate to the employees you come in contact with and thank them for working. You might make someone's day and I'm sure the smiles coming back would brighten yours. I'm just using this as a scenario; one does not have to do anything like this.

Having worked retail for some years, I never begrudged working the holiday. For many years, a few people in my immediate family worked retail and we knew better than to think we would be spending those holidays together! We chose a different day and celebrated in the same style.

That being said, I do feel it would be nice for any non-essential services to be closed so that people can enjoy a day off. I think many people don't take the time to just relax and be still.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

heartkeeper1356460092.441917 PostsRegistered 1/27/2007

Why can't their be just one day where people can have off and enjoy being with their families or friends? Thanks giving is just that--a day for being with your loved ones. It is a holiday that has escaped commercialism til now. Now Thanksgiving has become the shopping kick-off for Christmas. Why did Thanksgiving have to be changed to a day where there is pressure to spend?

sunala1356462964.44719222 PostsRegistered 11/13/2004

Chinese restaurants do a bang-up business on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, at least here on Long Island. Movies too.

Enjoy your day!

Sunny

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In-x-s1356463599.432553 PostsRegistered 3/24/2007Location, location, location

Maybe it's just because I grew up in a different time in a tiny little northwoods town where there was not even a gas station open from about 4:00 pm Christmas Eve until 8:00 am on December 26.

RedConvert­ibleGirl1356468064.71713985 PostsRegistered 9/3/2005Pacific NW

I get so bored on Christmas day, I would love to go to the movies if I could get my husband to go.

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deepwaterd­otter1356469115.24712466 PostsRegistered 9/1/2005America's Dairyland

Although not in theaters, there are some excellent older, religiously-themed movies being shown all day on TCM. Have seen "Nun's Story", am watching "Song of Bernadette", and will watch "King of Kings."

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Dawg lover1356471992.02676 PostsRegistered 7/28/2008
DH and I went to the movies today and it was packed! The ticket seller said Christmas is their busiest day of the year. We saw the new Billy Crystal/Bette Midler movie, "Parental Guidance" and it was so cute. Really enjoyed it.

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