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Christmas Eve Store HoursStores around the country are staying open later this Christmas Eve to lure shoppers in for last minute bargain deals. All stores are staying closed on Christmas Day however giving their employees time to spend time with their families and celebrate the Christmas holiday. If you find a retail store that is open on Christmas Day tell us in the comments so we can ridicule them!

Christmas Eve store hours for Walmart go until 6pm in most locations with some of the Wal-Mart Stores staying open until 8:00pm for those extremely last minute shoppers.

Kmart will have Christmas Eve Store hours that are almost the latest of the big retailers with their store staying open until 10pm. This is the 2nd year that K-Mart has decided to stay open until 10:00pm for Christmas Eve last minute shopping.

The store staying open the latest this year on Christmas Eve is Macy’s department stores. Most Macy’s stores will close at midnight on Christmas Eve with some staying open as late us 2:00am. Macy’s will be closed during Christmas Day which to be honest, we’re releived to hear!

Toys R Us stayed open pretty late last year closing at 10pm on Christmas Eve but this year they’re posting on their website that they’ll be open 24 hours on the day before Christmas Eve and on Christmas Eve. Toys R Us is calling this their last minute super savings sale. The famous toy store will be closed on Christmas Day like the rest of the retail outlets.

This year Best Buy is closing the earliest out of all retail outlets that we’ve found with Christmas Eve hours. Best Buy Christmas Eve hours this year will be until 5:00pm for shoppers to get their last minute LED TVs and surround sounds systems or that last minute Blue-ray DVD present.

Christmas Eve Last Minute EmergenciesIf you need some cough medicine for guests that are coming over for Christmas Eve you may want to go out and get those supplies now. Walgreens will be using their normal hours on Christmas Eve and closing at 6pm local time. There are some locations that will be open for emergencies and shopping on Christmas Day. You can check your local store to check if they’ll be open during Christmas hours.

The truth of the matter is that most people should be enjoying family time and eating great food together by Christmas Eve. If you have to get out for Christmas Eve shopping we hope these hours will help you navigate your last minute Christmas present shopping. We suggest that unless it’s an emergency you don’t support stores staying open on Christmas Day to encourage them to stay closed and support a family holiay that everyone can enjoy. Merry Christmas!

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  1. mjb

    December 26, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Nothing wrong with a little time off for those that would like it, but there are also plenty of other people that do not celebrate Christmas who don’t mind being at work. If you are not at work, you don’t get paid. But let’s think of what your world would be like if everybody did not go to work on Christmas Eve. Hmm. All of your family staying at the hotels would be sleeping on your couch since the hotels are closed. Because you can’t cook, or just don’t feel like it, you have to be hungry because Waffle House and the Chinese places are closed. When you slip and fall you stay injured because you can’t go to the hospital, and all the people in the hospital are left outside to die. When you turn on the TV, there is nothing on, just static, since the people doing the programming are home. When you go to get online and do a video chat with your family far away you can’t because the people at Skype turned off their equipment and went home. You go to call your mother but you can’t because the telephone does not work. Here is an important one, when you go to turn up the heat since it is cold at night, you can’t. There is no electricity since the people at the power plant turned everything off to go home.
    The world would be like the stone ages if everybody was home with their families. And yes, all of the stores and places that stay open are there for those who go to work to support them so you can be warm in your bed at night. Have a heart and be glad places are open and people are going to work on Christmas and all of the other days you have off.

  2. Jack

    December 25, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Do not rush to judgment of those who open their stores on this special day.

    Christmas is a wonderful holiday, but not everyone celebrates it, just as not everyone celebrates Chanukah. Therefore, if an Orthodox Jew in Manhattan has an electronics store open on December 25th, don’t ridicule them. Respect them for having been closed on Saturday, the 24th, which was the Jewish Sabbath.

    Years ago a middle aged woman asked me how I could deny my children Christmas. I was unable to successfully explain to her that we have our own holidays that are equally as important to us as Christmas is to the majority of people. I grew up as a spectator of Christmas, but not as a participant.

    It is a beautiful time of year, but we do not covet it any more than we might covet anything else that our neighbors enjoy as part of their lives. They have their traditions; we have ours. Living in mutual respect enables all of us to feel blessed during this remarkable season of joy.

    Merry Christmas to you who celebrate the birth of Jesus. Happy Chanukah to those who celebrate the miracle of a victory over evil and the eight fold extension of time for the oil to burn in the eternal light at the Temple in Israel.

  3. JustUsHere

    December 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Wow, what an aggressively worded blog you have here. As a Christian who no longer celebrates the holiday for biblical reasons (there are references to the forbidden practice by pagans of cutting trees/branches and bringing them into the home to decorate with silver and gold – you should really read the book before becoming a megaphone for such strong opinions about religious practice ), I take offense to your comment about ridiculing businesses that don’t bow to your view. The way you choose to worship is between you and God, but remember that one of the foundations of Christianity is not to judge others. Perhaps you should focus less on attacking stores and more on that core value this season. Just my two cents.

  4. Paula

    December 25, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    While I can understand your sentiments regarding closings on Christmas so that “everyone” can enjoy a family holiday, the reality of it is simply unrealistic. Should hospitals also close and leave the dying to themselves on Christmas so that nurses, doctors, janitors, security personnel, food prep workers can spend time with their family? How about nursing homes? Convenience/gas stores? Truck stops? Airlines? Police stations?

    The fact is, a huge portion of America will be working on Christmas day, because it is part of their job. And if retailers (those gas stations and truck stops are retailers too) decide to open their business on Christmas day then it is no less “fair” to those employees. Having a holiday off at your job is a benefit, not a right.

  5. sabrina

    December 25, 2011 at 11:45 am

    So while you ridicule people for being open on christmas me and my kids are stuck with a flat tire that can’t be fixed with too far to drive on a spare…On a day of travel we need some places that can help stranded motorists and feed children

  6. mark

    December 25, 2011 at 10:58 am

    We don’t close stores on other religious holidays, so why do we for christmas. Sounds pretty selfish to me.

  7. J

    December 25, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Multi Billion Dollar Walmart doesn’t have their Christmas hours of operation on their automated system. I have called 15 branches and not one of them prompt with any type of automation system. It just keeps ringing and then hangs up. Buyer beware of multi billion dollar companies whom cannot setup an automation system.

  8. Michael

    December 25, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Ridicule them ? really? Some people are not religious and could care less about Christmas. Stores that are 24 hrs. like Safeway and some Walmart store are there for convenience and just because they do not conform to your belief system they should not be punished. If you choose to be home with your family good for you , but others may rely on that store being open due to their schedule or needs. Personally I think Christmas is a bunch non-nonsensical chaos that stress and over burdens people whither it be financial or obligations.
    If people took each day as a special day to be with each other, the world would be a better place and we would not need to “ridicule” anyone.

  9. Elizabeth

    December 25, 2011 at 12:00 am

    “If you find a retail store that is open on Christmas Day tell us in the comments so we can ridicule them!”

    is this a joke? i didnt know companies were required to be christians..

  10. C. Wilson

    December 24, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Which really sucks for all those non-christians out there.

  11. Brian

    December 24, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    So it’s necessary to “ridicule” a store for staying open?

  12. wendell

    December 24, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Walgreens… Damn it!

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UK DOH Teams Up With Social Media Companies To Battle Eating Disorders

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The United Kingdom’s Department of Health Secretary Matt Hancock challenged social media companies to improve upon their practices when it comes to handling eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia.

The Health Secretary hosted a round table discussion with the social media giants to lessen instances of influencing vulnerable teens into self-harm. Content that encourages self-harm, eating disorders and misinformation leads to the increase of reported cases.

“Today the meeting was called to be about the promotion of self-harm and suicide material, but we also spoke about tackling eating disorders and some anti-vaccination messages which are so important to tackle to ensure they do not get prevalence online,” Hancock says to the reporters.

Hancock is pleased that the social media companies agree and started discussing actions that each would take.

“I feel the tech companies are starting to get the message, they’re starting to take action – but there’s much more to do.”

Instagram has affirmed its commitment to the challenge. The photo-sharing app has announced that it will remove posts that promote eating disorders.

Aside from removing harmful content, Instagram and other tech companies involved also agreed to pay a reward for anyone who will help them remove content that encourages suicidal behavior.

Instagram has been facing pressure on improving its content since the suicide case of 14-year-old Molly Russell. Ian Russell, the victim’s father, has come out and shared that Molly’s Instagram account was following self-harm accounts. The accounts were filled with photos related to depression.

In April, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport created a consultation series for the Online Harms White Paper. The UK government spearheaded consultations to identify the best measures to keep UK users safe online.

In the white paper, the government has acknowledged that online platforms can be used to affect one’s mental health and well-being. It lists that one of the problems are social media algorithms that do not showcase other points of view.

For example, if a user follows an account that promotes body-shaming, the social media platform’s algorithm will suggest the user follow similar accounts. This creates an unhealthy balance of the information received by the user.

The white paper also acknowledges the use of social media platforms to bully, harass, or intimidate other users. It also recognizes that these instances usually target public figures like celebrities.

Eating Disorder in Social Media

A BBC report launched an investigation on how teens are interacting in social media platforms such as Instagram. The report detailed the story of Jodie-Leigh Neil, a teen battling anorexia.

Neil says, ” I spent hours and hours going through this content and this material, and that then added to the more competitive side of anorexia.”

Neil shared that even if Instagram did not cause her anorexia, it exacerbated it. She shares that other user’s posts about their lowest weights with pictures that show skin and bones. Those posts triggered Neil’s anorexia encouraged her only to eat 20 calories per day.

After battling anorexia for three years, Neil continues to be on Instagram. In this case, she has now dedicated her account in spreading the positive message about eating. She highlights the positive journey she’s had in overcoming her eating disorder.

According to BBC, there’s an increase of more than 130% of teens suffering from eating disorders since 2011 based on National Health Services data.

Detox Teas and Promotions from Celebrities

One of the highly criticized uses of social media platforms are the ads of celebrities promoting products. Millions of followers consume content that is made to benefit businesses. One business that many claims to promote an unhealthy lifestyle is detox teas.

Detox teas are laxatives that help in one’s weight loss journey. Celebrities like the Kardashians, Amber Rose, Cardi B, and other influencers have been seen promoting detox teas, crediting the product for their bodies.

In 2018, the Kardashian-Jenner sisters were criticized for posting Instagram stories that are encouraging anorexia. In the story, Kim is showered with praise by sisters Khloe Kardashian and Kendall Jenner for being skinny.

In the short video, Jenner said “No, like I’m really concerned, I don’t think you’re eating. Like, you look so skinny.” However, the model continued to compliment Kardashian on how good she looks despite being concerned about her eating habits.

The content has upset many fans as it seems that the sisters were encouraging Kim to continue “not eating” because she “looks so skinny.”

Jameela Jamil, an actress, and body positivity advocate slammed celebrities who promote the detox teas and unhealthy weight loss options.

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This Designer Came Up With A Stylish Facial Recognition Shield

The problem is: it’s not for sale.

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In May, a man is walking along the streets of London with his green jacket when he noticed a van that he thought to be a police surveillance vehicle. While he walked passed the car, he covered his face with his hoodie in fear that there might be some sort of facial recognition system around. Much to his surprise, he was stopped by the UK police and fined him more than a hundred pounds for “disorderly behavior.”

Facial recognition systems are everywhere. It is in your car to automatically unlock it without a key. It is in your smartphones and smart homes. It is even in airports to help you board your flights without hassle. The reality with facial recognition is that it becomes a staple technology in many aspects of human life that it becomes almost impossible to get away from.

Thankfully, Ewa Nowak, a graduate from the design department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw thought of an ingenious and very stylish way to shield your face from the gawking eyes of facial recognition cameras. He has created a jewelry design that can trick facial recognition systems and hide key facial features to prevent them from identifying someone.

“I was just amazed how they could identify our gender, age, and mood,” Nowak explains her curiosity towards securing oneself from unauthorized and unconsented facial recognition. “But also how the development is constantly leveling up. I was surprised about how even if we have our face partially covered, how [face recognition] can still follow us and distinguish us.”

Nowak is currently co-founding a design and arts venture called NOMA together with another artist Jarosław Markowitz.

According to Nowak, she was inspired by the release of light-up glasses that was developed by Japan’s National Institute of Informatics to fight facial recognition systems. Because of her creativity, she developed a device, or more like face jewelry. Her design included two brass circles that hang down from the cheekbones and an additional long piece of brass that stretches up to the forehead. A long wire can be used to attach the entire piece into your head, similar to how glasses work.

Photo: Ewa Nowak via FastCompany

Nowak has previously worked with other designs too, but this specific jewelry design is the first that worked and has actually prevented a facial recognition system from recognizing her facial features.

Mazda Design Award granted her the trophy at the recently concluded Łódź Design Festival for her ingenious way of preventing facial recognition from identifying someone.

“I worked on the [face jewelry] for two or three months, and then it waited,” Nowak says. “The reason I showed in Łódź is that there was a competition. I entered, and the project won. It’s the easiest way to get displayed. There are so many projects stuck at the university level. When we were studying, a lot of people asked how to show their work to people and share ideas. Education and business are disconnected from art.”

There is one big problem, though. Because Nowak considers the design more as a conceptual work of art rather than a product, the Polish artist said that she has no plans of mass-producing it; especially that the product has to be molded to someone’s face and to be perfectly fitted in order to work.

While it is unfortunate that Nowak’s design is not much of a help to people; apparently, it opens a wide door for designers and technology experts to develop their own version of a facial recognition shield.

Photo: Ewa Nowak via FastCompany

Her design can also serve as baseline design for innovations in the area of facial recognition shielding and could inspire younger people to develop their own.

With the growing popularity of facial recognition, a market for it it is very much open, and that serves as a strong incentive for businesses and intellectuals alike to produce something that could help people protect themselves from the privacy-violating facial recognition.

The unregulated technology that is facial recognition has continued to steer public dialogue on the protection of people’s privacy. Human rights advocate that the growing prevalence of the systems makes legislation and regulation lag from their intended purposes. They hope that with innovators like Nowak, the world will see a balance in the benefits of facial recognition and people’s privacy.

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The Newest Sea Creatures-Inspired Tea Bags Strengthen Japanese Tea Tradition

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In Japanese culture, tea is more than just a drink. The tea ceremony, also known as “Way of Tea,” has been an essential part of Japan’s culture for centuries. This high-valued celebration is matched with a performance that mirrors grace and beauty, accompanied by a ritual activity that strengthens the familial relationship.

For centuries, the country relies on its tea business — not just to adhere to its venerable tradition — but because drinking tea has been a part of Japanese daily routine. As companies continue to venture in tea business, creative approaches on how to spice up one’s tea packaging are also booming. One great example is the recent innovation of the Japanese company known as “Ocean Teabag” — which takes the challenge of creating a different and unique approach to tea bags.

For tea lovers, the new design becomes a “breath of fresh air” since traditional tea bags have not changed for many years. The company decides to team up with an oddity shop and a local bookstore called “Village Vanguard” to produce the new animal-themed teabags that can alter people’s mood by just looking at the cute design.

Ocean Teabag was created by Takahashi Shota, who launched the first-ever product with a dolphin design in 2015. It became the talk of the town, which transpired Shota to create another set of animals to the product line. The business gained orders from outside the country — making Ocean Tea Bag be the first and only company to introduce unique designs to teabags.

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The custom of drinking tea, mainly for medicinal purposes, can now be associated with pleasurable reasons. From drinking the most boring bland tea comes to the new sea creature-inspired teabags. The design elevates the daily tea ritual into a zoological adventure; ranging from giant squids, otters, to red Pandas and cephalopods. Layers, folds, and perforations create the details of each creature’s body, while the outside packaging mirrors with that of the inside. So, customers will know through the wrapping what animals to choose for their tea sessions.

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The tea bags can be bought online or through personal transactions at a sum of 1,820 yen or $16. These tea bags once dipped, add life to your daily tea routines, simply because of the delicate folds, which look like an animal is swimming in your tea.

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Tea was initially valued as medicine because of its health benefits and was only available to rich people like the noblemen and emperors. The first documented evidence of tea session in Japan dates back to the 9th century when it was brought by the Buddhist monks after studying the tea culture in China.

The monks personally served “Sencha,” an unground Japanese green tea, to the famous Emperor Saga. Japanese nobles, later on, practice it, and through an imperial order in the year 816. And since then, tea plantations had become widespread in different regions of Japan.

Until today, tea becomes a daily beverage of both the affluent class and the ordinary people. It has become a symbol of a growing relationship among Japanese and their families, even nobles and commoners.

Aside from drinking tea as a way to bond and relax, one reason for the emerging tea businesses is the proven benefits of tea in our bodies. According to a study conducted by a group of researchers from Ohio State University in Colombus, tea, mainly green tea, has shown to help fight obesity and inflammation. The findings indicated that the said tea encourages the growth of good gut bacteria which lowers the risk of obesity.

However, today, Japan faces one of the pressing issues with regards to its tea farming. The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in 2016 indicated that the area used for tea farming declined from 46200 hectares to 43100.

Although Japan is the eight largest tea producer in the world, tea farming itself, unfortunately, decreased in the past years. One reason is the continued support of local government to private companies which build establishment and other infrastructures in areas where tea farming is mostly found.

With this, the country relies mostly on tea imports from other countries, including China. Ocean Tea Bag supports local tea producers and hopes that its newest sea creature-inspired tea bags will continue the country’s tea tradition and strengthen the bond between Japan and its people.

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