There’s A Campaign To Stop Shops Opening On Boxing Day


I was one of them once. Those crazed shoppers who line the high streets of England at 9am on Boxing Day, ready to eat up those tasty savings on clothes I don’t want or need.

That was before I discovered what the true purpose of boxing day is…getting drunk on sherry and eating copious amounts of turkey with gravy-soaked bread.

Now there is a revolt from my fellow Boxing Day-ers in the know, who want to ban shops from opening on that special day.


A chap called Ian Lapworth is arguing to make Boxing Day great again like it was back in the 60s, gathering over 96,700 signatures on his petition, the Metro reports.

Lapworth said:

Most retail workers are on the go up to Christmas Eve, then back on Boxing Day. Sometimes they have no choice. We managed 30 and 40 years ago…when shops were sometimes shut for a whole week.

Let’s get back to the way it was. Forget making money for one day, let’s concentrate on making more memories with the ones we love.


The petition argues that although a lot of people do not see Christmas as a religious holiday, it should be respected as such and retail workers should be given ‘decent family time’.

I wonder whether Theresa May will do it…probably not, the economy can’t take another hit after Brexit and Donald.


I enjoy Ian’s premise though. Christmas has become so commercialised that the true joys are at risk of being lost.

It’s about presence, not presents.