Somehow it seemed kind of inevitable that this would degenerate into some degree of politico-economic grexxing-- though I'm shocked-- SHOCKED-- to find out that you, Nacho, are a socialist!
We've been looking at different Christmas Carol
versions, and it wasn't until I'd see the third one (the George C. Scott version, which remains my overall favorite) that the point was hit home on me. Here we have a story which is, in many respects, the "other" defining myth of Anglo-American Christmas, and here we are following Scrooge and Christmas Present through a market, and it is bustling
. The commerce done in that scene rivals that of everyone's worst nightmares of crass Christmas commercialism. And the first scene of the end, the purchase of a prize turkey, evidences that same commerce.
It's interesting to read the Wikipedia material on blue laws
because, whatever the opening pattern is, there is a strong influence across the West of sabbatarian ideas. The understanding of a weekly pattern of work and "weekend" rest is graven very deeply, so much so that businesses that are perpetually open are doing so by giving different employees different "weekends".