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Richard Mize: Easter: Open house?

Realtors and others offer opinions on hosting an open house on Easter
By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor Published: April 19, 2014

Open house on Easter Sunday: Heavens yes, or heck no?

After chatting about it this week with Realtors and others, I can draw a conclusion as firm as a marshmallow Peep: It depends.

“I think not,” one friend said. “I think there is still enough collective consciousness about these holy times that it would not be good for sales, that people would perhaps unconsciously be aware that even if they weren’t churchgoers that commerce on these days somehow doesn’t feel quite right. Even if they aren’t Christian.”

I don’t know. I’m not sure there’s such consciousness even in the churches. I am all for Easter egg hunts, but I’m not so sure that Holy Saturday is the best time for it. (I will be happily helping with one on Saturday, myself, though!)

On the other hand, Easter Sunday is a celebration, and for anyone who “does” Lent, it is a return to LIFE.

A minister friend said, “While I personally recoil, in part from working too many holidays (in my pre-church positions), I suspect if there is profit to be made they will do so. I suspect those are still holiday enough that foot traffic would be slow, and since the idea is to get people through the house to possibly buy the house I can't see it being very effective.”

A couple of Realtors were firm in their convictions:

Mixing up Good Friday and Easter Sunday, one, a woman, said, “No. Not on Sunday as I don’t want to think about money on the day Jesus sacrificed his life for me. And not on Saturday as I will spend that day with those I'm grateful for. My children, grandchildren and friends.”

Another, a man, said: “NO! Realtors should be with family celebrating the Resurrection!!”

Someone pointed out: “Not everyone celebrates these holidays.”

The man replied: “Not all, but most Americans celebrate Christmas and Easter!”

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