Odeon Cinemas to Open on Christmas Day

By James O Malley on at

Great news this Christmas if you want to escape your family: You'll be able to go to the cinema instead.

Odeon Cinemas has announced plans to open 20 of its cinemas on the big day, meaning that you can swap settling scores over the dinner table with your extended family for going to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for a second or third time instead.

According to the Daily Mail, over 120 screenings have been planned for Christmas Day, and brilliantly, the paper is massively upset about the decision.

The paper quotes Andrea Minichiello Williams, founder of lobbyist Christian Concern as saying that "The stillness of Christmas Day in our country is one of the last reminders of our great Christian heritage", though frankly we're struggling to see how a story about a band of religious dissenters who worship mystical powers at the behest of an enormous empire isn't, if anything, more respectful than staying home and watching Shrek 2 on the telly.

As the Mail notes, surprisingly, unlike shops, cinemas aren't banned from opening on Christmas Day - and staff who do volunteer to work will be paid extra. Cinemas opening on December 25th is commonplace in other countries, including the United States, where going to the cinema on the big day has become a tradition in and of itself for many non-Christians.

Surely now it is only a matter of time until Cineworld and other chains follow suit - then the secularists can finally, officially, name the holiday "Winterval", and declare Christmas dead once and for all. [Daily Mail]