A Christian toyshop owner faces losing £2.3million by shutting his stores on Christmas Eve, as it is on a Sunday.
Gary Grant, whose chain The Entertainer has 149 branches, will give his 1,700 staff the day off on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
He said: “We don’t trade on Sundays – any Sundays.
“Keeping the Sabbath holy is one of the Ten Commandments.
“We will be closed for the second-largest trading day of the year.
“As a Christian, I believe in families.
“For our staff, the fact they have a day off with the family on a Sunday is really important.”