Is it just me, or do the weeks leading up to Christmas feel like pure chaos? By the time Dec. 25 rolls around, I always feel like I suddenly lost track of time, and I know I'm not the only one. To top it off, many people find themselves scrambling to buy last of the last-minute gifts and ingredients for the holiday celebration. This is even more likely if your in-laws are the type to show up unannounced. But do you know what stores are open on Christmas Day in case you need to make a quick trip for some essentials? You may even be curious to know because you don't celebrate Christmas and just want to enjoy the day like any other, perhaps to do some quiet shopping. For an introvert like myself, this is basically a dream come true.
Keep in mind that most stores aren't even open on Christmas day. In fact, for a majority of companies, December 25 is the only day of the year that they close. For the handful that might be open, know that it highly depends on location, location, location. And if you're betting on making a trip to a store for some shopping, always call ahead of time to make sure that they indeed are accepting customers.
If you don't have any gatherings planned on December 25, there are some restaurants are open on Christmas Day where you can pop in to grab a bite to eat with yourself, friends, or family. Holiday cooking isn't for everyone, after all, and not everyone even celebrates the holiday.
When you do find a store or restaurant that is open though, be extra kind to the employees, and keep in mind that they're working hard on a major holiday. It will mean more to them than you know.