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Legally, You Can Buy Alcohol On Christmas, But Who's Open?

Before a new bill allowing Christmas alcohol sales was passed last spring, Hoosiers who ran out of wassail or eggnog on Christmas had to wait until Boxing Day to buy re-enforcements. The old law, stricter than current Sunday alcohol restrictions, meant people couldn't even buy a drink in a restaurant-one of the main reasons House Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) thought the rule needed to be revisited.

"You start asking restaurants and so forth, and they say yes it's hard to have people come in and when they ask for wine, they get frustrated when they say, you can't have this," Dermody said.

But when it comes to liquor retailers, many of them aren't planning on changing their tradition of staying closed this Friday.

Twenty-first Amendment Founder Jim James echoes many retailers' opinions when he says he doesn't want to make his employees come in on a holiday.

"I think the legislature didn't think this thing through at all," James said. "Groceries stores I think aren't open, I don't think on Christmas. The only people that are going to profit by this are gas stations, so they'll be pumping gas and selling beer."

Even if residents can find a store that's open, they might want to start planning ahead. Next year, Christmas falls on Sunday, and the long-standing law on Sunday sales still applies.

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