Does anyone else remember when literally everything was closed on Christmas, even gas stations? If somehow you were out of luck and had to cancel Christmas dinner plans you wound up having to drive 20 miles to find the nearest place that was still open. Now however pretty much every fast food place, restaurant, and gas station remains open Christmas day which now makes it feel like any other day.
I still remember at least in 2000 everything was still closed. There was a small fire at my grandparents house and instead of going there like we usually do for Christmas dinner we had to now suddenly scrounge for ourselves and we have no meals ready for back-up, so we wound up driving for an hour around our city looking for a single place that was open. We wound up having to drive 30 minutes to a Denny’s we found was still open and that was the only place we saw with any activity outside of it. Not even gas stations were open since our backup plan was gas station cheeseburgers and we couldn’t even find an AMPM or 7-11 still open.