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.”

PolitiChicks.comIs 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!

Beth Baumann

Beth Baumann is a California native, who grew up with an interest in politics from a young age. Beth attended Northern Arizona University, where she was a member of the NAU Conservatives, an activist organization dedicating to spreading conservative ideals. She also founded the NAU chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, took part in the Flagstaff Smart Girl Politics chapter and helped a local conservative run for Flagstaff City Council. Beth has received national attention due to the First Amendment restrictions on her college campus. She defended her Freedom of Speech when she was ridiculed for handing out flags in remembrance of 9/11. Although she faced misconduct charges, up to and including expulsion, she stood by her Constitutional rights and beliefs. With the help of the Leadership Institute and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), she was eventually exonerated of all charges. During her tenure, she was copy editor for the newspaper, marketing director and film festival director for the campus TV station, and news correspondent for political talk radio. Beth was the Communications Assistant at The American Conservative Union, where she helped with planning and executing different aspects of CPAC 2014, including social media, media strategy and crisis management. Beth works at a well established public relations firm in Southern California. Her work has been featured in The Daily Caller, The Washington Times, World Net Daily and Human Events. Follow Beth on Twitter: @eb454

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