Let’s ‘honor the day’

Dec. 22, 2012 @ 05:00 AM

To the Editor:

Although we do not know the exact date of the birth of Jesus Christ, for about 1800 years, and in our country since its founding, the Christian church has generally acknowledged the 25th of December as the day we honor the birth of our savior. I grew up in a time in which we honored the savior by honoring the day.

Unfortunately, greed, rather than the honoring of the savior, has become the prevailing thought of many merchants. I was pleased, as I went through the Hardee’s drive-thru to get an incredible biscuit, to discover they would be closed on Christmas Day. I am saddened by the signs that basically say: “We don’t really care about our employees and their families or honoring the savior, we can’t make enough money in 364 days. We must be open on Christmas Day.”

Twenty years ago, I stood in line at a Kmart in Chattanooga. As I got closer, I noticed the tears flowing down the cheeks of this young cashier, who really wanted to be home. As I looked at her, I vowed to never be in a department store or grocery store on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. I have kept that vow.

I am appreciative of those public servants who have to work, and I praise God for their service. However, I call on every merchant not to be like Ebenezer Scrooge, who said to his faithful employee, Bob Cratchitt: “I suppose you want the whole day off ... it’s a poor excuse for picking a man’s pocket every 25th of December.” l plead for them to honor the Savior and to honor their faithful employees by “Honoring the Day.”

Tom Welborn