To hate boxing day shopping?

(90 Posts)
flaggybannel Wed 05-Dec-12 14:36:05

Okay, i will probably get flamed for this but here goes-
Who on earth wants to spend boxing day back at the shops when everyone has just spent the last few weeks in a shopping frenzy for christmas??
If i didnt work boxing day i certainly would not be shopping- i would be with family and enjoyin the christmas break.
Could the shopping centres close for just two days a year for staff to hav a christmas break too?
Your thoughts......

I did it once. Hated it. Have never done it again. Not unreasonable at all.

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Wed 05-Dec-12 14:41:33

It's not my idea of a fun Boxing Day, but I don't have a problem with it. If people want to then I'm glad they have that choice, I like choice.

I think we have to remember that we live in a multicultural society nowadays and not everyone celebrates Christmas. I don't think shops should close down for two days for a religion that not everyone follows. Plenty of other people have to work over Christmas, I don't see what makes retail special.

DingDongKethryverilyonHigh Wed 05-Dec-12 14:45:39

you cant here, nowhere is open unless you want to go in the grocery stores.

InNeedOfBrandyButter Wed 05-Dec-12 14:47:01

Hmm I agree with you and going shopping after all the commercialness of christmas day would be my idea of hell, but if you had teenage dc and they had christmas money to spend boxing day would be great for bagains.

DameMargotFountain Wed 05-Dec-12 14:48:18

i hate to see shops opening on boxing day - close family who work in retail say 80% of the customers are trying to exchange unwanted gifts anyhow

it makes those people look desperate and grabby IMO

KenLeeeeeee Wed 05-Dec-12 14:48:44

Having previously worked in retail for a number of years, I can comfortably say that I hate Boxing Day shoppers much more than Boxing Day shopping. hmm

Catsdontcare Wed 05-Dec-12 14:49:33

I have horrible memories of Boxing Day being spent in shops like dfs stood around whilst my mum desperately tried to convince my dad that he did want to buy a new sofa.

AmazingBouncingBabyJesus Wed 05-Dec-12 14:49:33

I went out last year. It was AWFUL, with a capital AW.

HO want us to open boxing day.

I work in a chocolate shop... hmm

Who the fuck would want to buy chocolate on Boxing day?

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Wed 05-Dec-12 14:49:53

At the shopping centre near us, the majority of big shops don't allow exchanges or refunds on the first few days of the sales.

flaggybannel Wed 05-Dec-12 14:50:41

i think the boxing day sales are great for christmas money, i just dont understand some friends of mine planning thier christmas around yet another shopping trip when they have been shopping for weeks- maybe i am just not so keen on shopping- not my idea of a fun day out

I have never been out shopping boxing days so no idea how busy it gets.

However, there must be plenty of demand for it.

I am sure the centres could shut for 2 days to give their staff a break, sadly they won't. There are plenty of professions however, that don't shut even for Christmas day.

Plomino Wed 05-Dec-12 14:52:53

I hate it too. In fact, it's my idea of hell. Boxing Day is , if possible, for slobbing out in pj's , letting everyone graze on the contents of the fridge , and emptying the chocolate tins . For me at least . Other than Christmas 2009 , when the fucking fridge freezer went bang at 9pm on Christmas Day whilst full to the gills with food. That year I was outside Currys at 10am on the dot. Swearing.

But if others want to do it , I won't stop them . Not everyone has my lifestyle, and if they want to spend their money, and the shop workers aren't forced to work , then why not .

DameMargotFountain Wed 05-Dec-12 14:56:21

see, retail employees are not protected by law from NOT working, if boxing day falls on a day they are contracted to work, they are (in the main) expected to be available for work - to listen to customers moan and complain about gifts they haven't even paid for

it's very depressing, especially when you know the shop is going to be open for the next 27 days when they could come in....

never do it (bitter working retail memories as a student)
boxing day is for doing nowt smile

flaggybannel Wed 05-Dec-12 15:06:57

My local shopping centre are doing a special early opening and late closing on boxing day, my friends are plotting how to round up all the kids etc and get parked to be at the doors at 8am sharp ..... Hmmm not really sure why, will be the same things in there that were there on christmas eve, just with a couple of pounds off. Will still have a couple of pounds off and maybe more the week after. I just dont get it really.

ethelb Wed 05-Dec-12 15:11:20

just don't go.

though i hate the pressure on shop workers to be in v early on a bank holiday. Grim.

bradyismyfavouritewiseman Wed 05-Dec-12 15:11:20

I used to work at Harvey nics. People used to come in Christmas eve to plan what they were coming on for on boxing day. There were people in the bar drawing out maps so they knew exactly where they wanted to be and had a list of prioriies.

It was great, because when we coded on Christmas eve, we moved it all round. grin

I hate it, but some people love it.

Tab U to want shops to close because you don't like it. All you have to do, is not go.

Everyone is then happy

Janeatthebarre Wed 05-Dec-12 15:15:39

I can't understand it either. Can people not go TWO days without bloody shopping. What happened to going for a nice, muddy, boxing day walk and coming home to a warm house and an old film on the TV. Or visiting relatives. Or just curling up on the sofa with a good book that Santa bought you and a glass of early afternoon wine.

bradyismyfavouritewiseman Wed 05-Dec-12 15:15:58

Also the discounts get bigger after new year.

The boxing day sale is more about getting the item you want at a discount. If you are not bothered about which handbag (for example) that you want, you are best waiting.
We went to London mid January one year and got a Ralph Lauren dressing gown and full towel set for about £30 from harrods
we still have them about 10 years later.

LadyBeagleBaublesandBells Wed 05-Dec-12 15:16:40

I don't mind at all if people want to do it but I've never understood how anybody has any money left.
I'm always skint after Christmas.
Haha brady, that's evil.grin

ppeatfruit Wed 05-Dec-12 15:17:03

YABVR Why is there this terrifying consumerism in U.K.? Why can't everyone (including all religions, obviously there are some jobs that can't stop) take 2 days off from effing shopping to have a proper rest? would the world stop? I don't think so.


I dont get it at all. Boxing Day is for having another turkey dinner and spending time with family.

ppeatfruit Wed 05-Dec-12 15:21:45

Exactly wannabe or seeing the other ILS grin

Vicky08 Wed 05-Dec-12 15:23:37

I have to admit I used to be one of those people who loved going shopping on boxing day. I loved the thrill of the sales, I loved getting what I considered to be a bargain. Then I had kids and realised that I preferred staying in finishing off the selection boxes with them. I haven't gone to the boxing day sales since and have no intention of going for the foreseeable future.

FernandoIsFaster Wed 05-Dec-12 15:23:38

I'll always remember working on a concession in Debenhams and people literally running under the shutters as they opened on boxing day morning. Madness! Who can be arsed with running in a shop??

silvercup Wed 05-Dec-12 15:23:59

I don't know what boxing day shopping is like, because I've never done it. It's another family day imo.

I think that people who start queuing outside Next at 5am or whatever godforsaken time it is are proper mental.

catus Wed 05-Dec-12 15:25:22

Well, YANBU to hate doing it. Not my idea of fun, personally.
But some people do it, because they like it or because they need something that day, or for any other reasons.
So, YABU because you seem to think everybody should hate it as much as you.

SeeYouSoon Wed 05-Dec-12 15:27:43

Yanbu, I have never in my life been shopping on boxing day and I never intend to.

EasilyBored Wed 05-Dec-12 15:29:13

The entire point of Boxing Day is to sit around eating all the shit strawberry ones out of what's left of the tin of Roses.

Giant boxing day sales sound hellish. I've worked waitressing on Boxing Day and it was foul. People who go out ot eat on Boxing Day are either; a) people who have been up since 4AM queuing outside the shops in the snow/rain/freezing weather and as such are MISERABLE or b) people who have been cooped up with annoying family all Christmas day and are MISERABLE and their kids are fed up because they just want to play with their toys and as such are being utter bratlings. No one tips on Boxing Day. No one tips on Christmas Eve either (because they've just spent a fortune on last minute shopping). I hated working those two days.

DoesntTurkeyNSproutSoupDragOn Wed 05-Dec-12 15:30:35

This is easily solved by simply not going

EasilyBored Wed 05-Dec-12 15:34:36

Unless you are one of the poor people who has to work in those shops during the sales?

DoesntTurkeyNSproutSoupDragOn Wed 05-Dec-12 15:38:01

And who get paid for it.

EasilyBored Wed 05-Dec-12 15:41:28

Indeed. £6.50 an hour usually. 'Tis the season of good will and all that.

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Wed 05-Dec-12 15:43:13

If you have to work during the Boxing Day sales then you are no different to all the chefs, hotel staff, waiters, doctors, nurses, police, paramedics, bar staff, carers or any of the other people who have to work on bank holidays. It's really not that big a deal.

Have a problem with consumerism if you want, but there is no need to feel sorry for retail staff who getting paid for doing their job.

bradyismyfavouritewiseman Wed 05-Dec-12 15:43:44

LadyBeagleBaublesandBells It cheered me up no end. grin

Christmas eve was a nightmare and people were rude in a desperate attempt to scope it out.

Offcially we did it 'to be fair to all boxing days shoppers' Its teh reason I would work christmas eve.

LemonBreeland Wed 05-Dec-12 15:45:26

I have never been shopping on boxing day. I can't think of anything worse. I think I worked one boxing day when I was a teenager.

To me boxing day is for sitting around at home, relaxing and playing games. Since Christmas Day tends to be over in a flash, it's the time to sit and spend time with my DCs.

flaggybannel Wed 05-Dec-12 15:51:57

Yep, work in retail and gotta work christmas eve and boxing day- no extra pay or bonus btw.
No public transport to get me into work on boxing day either- thats a bit of a bummer as its roughly an hours walk into work.
Not really the point of my post though, i just dont understand people wanting to shop after shopping for christmas presents for weeks (maybe months) before.
Shoppings not really my thing anyway and am not keen especially as sale madness seems to kick in and lots of people are really grumpy or pushy and grabby/shoving- its awful .
I wouldnt go with lots of kids either but some of my friends are planning a military style operation for boxing day sales day out- i just wouldnt.

AcidTurkishBath Wed 05-Dec-12 15:53:00

When the dcs were younger and we had no money, we used to postpone present giving by two days and buy all our presents on Boxing Day. DS is old enough now to notice so we stay at home to play with their more expensive presents.

Last year our teenagers wanted to go shopping with their friends to spend Christmas money. I don't think dsd2 enjoyed it as much as she had hoped - she said it was horribly manic.

EasilyBored Wed 05-Dec-12 15:53:14

I feel sorry for anyone who has to work those days. It's not specific to retail. I do think that we should all try and stop using anything other than essential services for a day or two though. It seems very much against the spirit of Christmas to me.

flaggybannel Wed 05-Dec-12 15:55:36

am on £6.19 an hour if anyones interested- but if the till has a wobble i have no back up- because the HQ and IT are all on christmas break lol! Should be fun in the event of a till meltdown!
Merry christmas!

BlueberryHill Wed 05-Dec-12 15:57:09

I hate it, I would never go again, after trying to get to Toys R Us for DS1's birthday, a couple of days after Christmas. It took us hours, awful.

We do however go on line, but that is for DH and myself to get our Christmas presents for eachother then, we pay half the price, actually get twice the stuff for the same price. It isn't a surprise but its a whole lot cheaper.

DameMargotFountain Wed 05-Dec-12 16:01:53

exactly, OP

but still, you should be grateful, huh? wink

EnjoyResponsibly Wed 05-Dec-12 16:01:53

Is there actually a shop anywhere these days that actually has a sale starting Boxing Day? By BD every singe decent item in the shop I work in will have long gone ad seen active duty at several christmas parties. Anything left will be abject tat.

Plus, for any shop eg Dept store that des launch on BD, the really mart customer will have been online at midnight to get the real bargs.

The only people that benefit from BD opening are Land Lease, Westfield et al who won the big shopping centres and want you all walking round like utter zombies.

Janeatthebarre Wed 05-Dec-12 16:09:45

I agree Enjoy. Most of the stuff in the after Christmas sales is just tat that they've dragged out of a storeroom to try and flog to delirious customers who have no imagination or inner resources and can think of nothing to do on Boxing Day except head to the nearest shopping centre, like they do every Saturday afternoon.

LadyBeagleBaublesandBells Wed 05-Dec-12 16:11:03

That sounds crap, Op.
Do you have any choice in the matter?

flaggybannel Wed 05-Dec-12 16:12:27

I actually love my job, am really grateful i have one too- but hate all the boxing day malarky!
Its probably my bad money management but am also puzzled how anyone has anything left to spend/park/eat while they shop.
I probably missed the memo that christmas is all about selling, sales, and getting rid of the crappier stock- must report myself to manager (who is on xmas break- so i guess anything i cant deal with when irate /harassed /tired customers come in on boxing day....... Wont be dealt with? Oh no, will call head office... Oh no......erm?)
Have a very merry christmas everyone!

SantaWearsGreen Wed 05-Dec-12 16:14:49

I used to do it every Boxing day, it was a family tradition. I did it up until I was preg with DC1 (did it when I was 7 months pg!). We all used to go to a big local shopping centre, it was lovely. Ok so when pg was a bit difficult dodging the crowds, but the other years were fab, I have great memories of it.

flaggybannel Wed 05-Dec-12 16:16:55

Nope, no choice, christmas day(s) are on my rota. I have to work them.
Am going to do it with a smile too as they could replace me with someone younger and more willing in a nanosecond.
Its the way it works.

piprabbit Wed 05-Dec-12 16:20:00

Do John Lewis still refuse to open stores on Boxing Day?
I always thought this was a very civilised attitude.

flaggybannel Wed 05-Dec-12 16:28:21

The local M+s wont be open on boxing day here. I think they hav a reputation of liking thier staff.
The boy is home so i got to go for now, i will be back to see if thier are any more views- thanks all and happy christmas!

bishboschone Wed 05-Dec-12 16:31:03

I don't think Boxing Day sales are as relevant anymore . We have discounts all year round in shops nowadays . And with the Internet and discount codes there is always a bargain to be had .

Fakebook Wed 05-Dec-12 16:41:56

I love Boxing Day shopping. I love January and February sales too when every store has that really really cheap stuff section. I buy loads of socks and underwear and get loads of goodies. It makes me feel good.

Abzs Wed 05-Dec-12 16:57:42

I will be working in a shop. I could say no, but then I'd like to keep my job a little longer. Unfortunately all our young part timers are students and (conveniently for them) not local, so the old guard are stuck with it.

Like most companies head office will only have a skeleton staff in, so no real IT and customer service back up.

I haven't done a Boxing Day yet, though I have done the 27th and Jan 2nd before. The last couple of Boxing Days I have been into town with my MIL who lives on an island, so takes the chance to go to John Lewis etc while she's here. It's not as bad as the 27th.

VBisme Wed 05-Dec-12 17:42:33

I worked with a woman who'd get up at 5am to go to the sales on Boxing Day. Must've been a miserable Christmas.

SweetMingePie Wed 05-Dec-12 18:00:18

Yanbu. Cannot understand it myself. DH works in retail and I hate the fact he has to work it. Means he can't have a drink on Christmas Day, can't join in any of the things we would like to do on Boxing Day. It sucks!

Before we had DC we went to the shops on Boxing Day, we didn't enjoy it, think we bought a plug!

Worley Wed 05-Dec-12 18:07:43

I only bother going to boots in a Boxing Day.. (save my points up specially) only because I am working the 27th.. but I worked last Xmas and Boxing Day so I guess retailers and nhs staff don't get much time off for the festive season sad

rubberglove Wed 05-Dec-12 18:11:38

What an evil idea. Boxing day is for chilling, eating left overs and relaxing with family.

Cortana Wed 05-Dec-12 18:22:43

Worley NHS staff are amazing. Working Christmas day, usually with lovely attitudes, Christmas cheer and saving lives. Bless them all. They must miss out on so many Family days. Once my son is grown I plan to be spending Christmas' in Hospitals and Hospices as a volunteer porter. My Dad had major emergency surgery on Christmas Eve and the ICU staff were superb all throughout his stay. One day I will pay it forward. They gave us another year with him and they will never be forgotten.

Retail staff? I'd rather they had a few days off to spend with their families and friends and I had to plan ahead about how much milk and bread I would need to last 2/3 days if all of the shops were closed.


But I hate shopping anyday.

I was shocked at year reports of £100m plus being spent online on christmas day.

I mean spends christmas day shopping online.

Rwep Wed 05-Dec-12 18:35:12

I don't know what it's like to go shopping on Boxing Day - last year just before Christmas, I was handed a voucher to spend on Boxing Day in Debenhams. I asked the assistant to shoot me if I was shopping on Boxing Day.

Everyone says they hate Boxing Day shopping, so why are the shops so busy - I need to drive past a large shopping centre to get to family and the traffic is murder every year. Who are these people?

Adversecalendar Wed 05-Dec-12 18:38:17

I have no idea but I do remember driving on the M25 to visit relatives a couple of years ago on boxing day and I was so naive I thought it would be deserted

Mrsjay Wed 05-Dec-12 18:39:20

TBh the thought of going to the sales on boxing days fills me with dread id rather lie on hot coals naked than go to the Next sale

EnjoyResponsibly Wed 05-Dec-12 18:49:14

The Next sale is always the worst of all sales. Have they actually ever sold anything from their current line?

i don't know where that tat comes from, but sure as shit ain't the Next directory or any Next shop. Random shoes wrapped in ratty elastic bands anyone?

MrsBW Wed 05-Dec-12 18:54:17

The only reason stores open on Boxing Day is because people spend (a lot of) money. Simples.

TwitchyTail Wed 05-Dec-12 19:14:48

Do it online!

kennyp Wed 05-Dec-12 19:16:29

i was in chichester for boxing day last year (long story) and had a greggs sandwich for lunch. it was a total non event and horrendous and this year we will be going for a big fat hairy walk

EnjoyResponsibly Wed 05-Dec-12 19:17:34

No Mrs BW, stores are also contractually obliged to open by the shopping centres that host them.

So we can all experience the "total retail and leisure experience" that is trudging around in a circle, walking in and out of shops flogging left over sales tat and full only of people getting credit notes, have a yummy high cholesterol lunch and queue for several hours to watch a third rate Christmas movie.

Can't beat it grin

freddiefrog Wed 05-Dec-12 19:20:03

I hate it too. Boxing Day here is for walking on the beach and eating leftovers

But by the 27th my Christmas money is burning a hole in my pocket grin

EnjoyResponsibly Wed 05-Dec-12 19:27:58

Freddie obviously by 27th it's business as usual grin

squeakytoy Wed 05-Dec-12 19:30:36

I dont spend the weeks leading upto christmas frantically shopping, nor do I have any family to go to on Boxing Day, so I quite enjoy going out and getting some bargains in the sales.

My husband would rather I buy the boots he wants in the sales for about £50 than before when they will be about £75... he doesnt mind Santa being a day later!

Rwep Wed 05-Dec-12 19:31:25

Ah, but Enjoy, if no-one turned up that would change.

AfterEightMintyy Wed 05-Dec-12 19:32:21

Yanbu. I cannot for the life of me imagine who goes shopping on Boxing Day and I am quite certain that whoever they are I would never want to have anything to do with them in my rl.

Startail Wed 05-Dec-12 19:44:29

Two days once year isn't too much to ask.

EnjoyResponsibly Wed 05-Dec-12 19:50:15

Rwep I fear it is too late. We have been indoctrinated into the "retail is sport/leisure/religious experience".

But what was interesting was that so few people turned up on Sunday after 5pm in the Summer when the shops were open later to "augment" the Olympic experience and cement the sport/leisure connotation in our minds.

It didn't work because people saw Mo, Jess and Co and didn't say "hot damn, what I really need right now is a new dress". What they said was "let's celebrate together".

I can't understand why Boxing Day has the opposite effect. We spend fortunes on Christmas presents, then refuse to enjoy them or let the kids play with them in favour sad

LynetteScavo Wed 05-Dec-12 19:57:57

I always think people who go shopping on boxing day must have had a miserable Christmas day.

I can't think of anything worse than going shopping on Christmas day.

kattym Wed 05-Dec-12 20:00:07

I used to work for a well know catalogue shop on the returns desk

the queue on boxing day was 3 hours long at one point and I worked 6 hours without even being able to go to the loo because people were hurling abuse and I even had one man telling me I had to apologise to his DS for ruining his christmas because the gameboy yes it was that long ago santa brought for him was broken, because obviously it was my personal responsibility and absolutely nothing to do with his DS breaking it

I now work for a different retailer and the site on retail parks will be busy

we are a high street store, not in a major town, so we will be dead but because of the national advertising campaign we have to open so the shop will be very tidy on the 27th

christmas day is my day off, I get no additional days off over christmas

it's my choice to work in retail but it's not my choice to work boxing day so please shoppers, be nice to the staff when you do go shopping

OP I can't believe that your friends are planning to go shopping at 8am on Boxing Day ... WITH THEIR CHILDREN. WTAF is that all about? Poor, poor kids. No wonder we've got a generation who think everything revolves around money ........... [great big sigh]

Worley Wed 05-Dec-12 20:39:32

cortana.. thankyou.
I've not had a Xmas off in 10 years. next year is my turn as I have a whole week off for Xmas with my dc.
last year after I finished my shift I stopped off at the next sale but was pretty rubbish stuff really.. a few of the girls go and que at ridiculous o'clock but I wouldnt go that far!
it's not occurred to me to look at in boxin day instead of popping in there... hmm smile

AnnaRack Wed 05-Dec-12 20:54:08

Yanbu, the whole christmas period is getting more and more commercialised, boxing day sales are all about flogging off tat from 2-3 years ago to people desperate for a "bargain". Wait till mid-jan and they put newer stuff in the sales, qith bigger discounts.
Dont get me wrong, I love a bargain, but just not on boxing day.
I wonder if some people actually do their christmas shopping on boxing day and that's why the shops are so busy?

OhThePacesYoullGo Wed 05-Dec-12 21:15:52


I'm trying to find childcare cover for Boxing Day, due to my dds dad working due to his shift pattern and my being 'forced' not 'asked' to work, despite this not being my contracted day.

He works for the fire service and I work in retail. His is an 'Emergency service' a job he entered into, happy to accept that he would be working on public holidays. Retail isn't an essential service, your life will not be at risk if you do not get a pair of half price shoes on Boxing Day instead of the 27th.

Cozy9 Wed 05-Dec-12 21:21:26

I think shops should shut on Christmas Eve and stay shut until January 2nd. Except for emergency chemists etc.

Hulababy Wed 05-Dec-12 21:24:51

I can't think of much worse tbh. No way do I want to go out shopping on Boxing Day!
Boxing Day is our family get together day - my parents and PILs come over, siblings if around, DD's cousins - we eat, drink, enjoy! No way would I be shopping instead!!!

MrsBW Fri 07-Dec-12 17:02:23

EnjoyResponsibly - and why do the shopping centres contractually oblige shops to open (in the rare cases that they do?). Yes, you've guessed it... Because people spend a lot of money!!

It costs a lot to keep stores and shopping centres open for a day. Staffing, security, electricity, heat. If there was no profit to be made, they simply wouldn't do it. it's the same with stocking Christmas decorations in September. If people didn't buy them, they'd use the sales floor space for something else.

The stores open because customers shop... Not the other way around.

EnjoyResponsibly Sat 08-Dec-12 13:46:15

Mrs BW the financial analysis of the effect of staying open later during the Olympics (for the retailer I work for) suggests otherwise.

The stores were open, people chose not to shop.

Nancy66 Sat 08-Dec-12 14:05:08

I am always flabbergasted at people camping out on Christmas night to be first in the queue at....NEXT!

NEXT? Who on earth would sacrifice a nice, cosy Christmas night with their family, a tub on Quality Street on their knee and some old shite on the telly to sleep rough for NEXT? !!

uptheamp Sat 08-Dec-12 14:09:29

we bought a soft in the next boxing day sale and it was about £800 off!

it's not rampant consumerism to want to save money, especially during the bloody recession.

just because some people choose to shop rather than walk through the woods then that's up to them!

uptheamp Sat 08-Dec-12 14:09:50

oops a sofa not a soft!

EnjoyResponsibly Sat 08-Dec-12 14:22:21

But, surely you'd have felt even better if you'd tried the sofa out beforehand and just clicked "buy" online without having to haul arse to the store.

AnnaRack Sat 08-Dec-12 16:35:08

grin nancy66

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