Retailers Paving the Way for Misfortune
Kohl’s. It’s my favorite place to shop. Just ask any of my close family and friends. I’ve been dubbed an MVC (Most Valued Customer) AKA someone who has a Kohl’s credit card and spends copious amounts of money at the store. And no, that label isn’t something I made up. It’s a real thing Kohl’s puts on high spender’s credit cards.
Because I’m a cardholder, I frequently get ads via email and snail mail. On my way home from work today, I checked the mailbox. My usual weekly ad from Kohl’s was in the mailbox. Nothing new there. What caught my attention was the corner piece that stood out. “OPEN 24 HOURS ALL DAY • ALL NIGHT.”
Is this for real? I asked myself before looking closer at the ad. I thought Black Friday was over two weeks ago? A headline like that is definitely more Black Friday-esk than around Christmas.
How long retailers should be open during the Holidays has been a big debate in the U.S. And rightfully so.
We have become so consumed with the latest toys and gadgets that we’ve forgotten the purpose behind Thanksgiving and Christmas. Instead of being gracious for what we have on Thanksgiving, we’re now looking to buy even more than what we already have. Instead of celebrating CHRIST on Christmas, we’re now consumed with who received the most expensive gift. The Holidays have become less and less about family, friends and our blessings. They’ve become more about useless possessions.
Retailers play a part in this. But so do consumers. Retailers, like Kohl’s, shouldn’t be open on Christmas Eve. That, of all days, should be left for celebrating the reason for the season: Jesus.
Anything you didn’t buy up until December 23rd is something you clearly don’t need. If you forgot to buy someone a gift…oh well! You’re going to live. They’re going to live. It isn’t the end of the world.
If there’s one day a year that everyone (with the exception of emergency personnel) should be off, it should be Christmas.
This season, I ask you to not shop on Christmas Eve. Let the college kids go home to their families and enjoy a hot meal. Let the janitors have a night off from mopping floors. Let the managers worry about managing their households instead of the retail floor.
Let’s get back to the reason for Christmas – CHRIST!