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I want to say "it's very something of them to be open on Christmas day." Neither secular nor pluralist feels quite right. secular suggests opposition to religion, rather than inclusive of both religious and non-religious folks. The sense I'm hoping to convey is that while most people in the US do take the day off, there's something welcoming about not assuming that everyone wants the day off.

I'm looking for a word that conveys a sense of being welcoming or open-minded and compatible with lots of different perspectives.

I've been looking through thesauruses for synonyms and antonyms to secular, welcoming, pluralist, open-minded, pragmatic, partisan and not coming up with what I want. I feel like there's a specific word that I can't zero in on. pluralist comes closest, I guess, but it isn't quite right.

Note: to answer some of the questions in comments, I am (was) looking for a word that suggests that the actor isn't assuming that everyone shares the same religion or celebrates religious holidays. By the example (which was literally the sentence I was trying to write) I meant that it was nice of the employer to not assume that everyone wants to take Christmas off, on the theory that some staff might prefer to work on Christmas and take Yom Kippur or Eid off instead. I can see how I could have explained that better.

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    I am afraid it is still not clear what you do mean by this this staying open on Christmas Day. It depends on what it is you are talking about. It is very necessary for the hospital to stay open on Christmas Day. It is very common for Uber cars to operate on that day, and gas stations on the on the interstates. Many restaurants open on Christmas day (at least in the UK they do, as do bars and public houses. So you must be talking about retail shops or stores and shopping malls. Frankly, if these were to open, the word I would use would be 'hopeful' or 'optimistic'. – Tuffy Dec 18 '19 at 21:17
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    Would it be possible to choose a different example? These days, in the US, there are all sorts of reasons why a business might be open on Christmas day, and some of those reasons have nothing to do with being open-minded. A movie theater is not open in order to accommodate non-Christians. Most of the movie-goers around here are Christians. Thus, the theater is open so that they can earn money. Edit: ah, I see @Tuffy agrees. – Juhasz Dec 18 '19 at 21:21
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    Why do you feel that secular suggests opposition to religion? Secular is not synonymous with atheist. (It is true, though, that secular cannot be simply plugged into the sentence, because 'very secular of somebody' would sound awkward.) Edit: ah, I see @RosieF agrees. – jsw29 Dec 18 '19 at 21:33
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    "secular suggests opposition to religion". Goodness me, I hope it doesn't. Chambers, after listing the senses relating to long time-periods, defines secular as "pertaining to the present world, or to things not spiritual; civil, not ecclesiastical; lay, not concerned with religion". Nothing about opposing religion there. It's bad enough having to denote certain views or practices by having to settle for an adjective which says they're not a particular other thing. Being misunderstood as opposing that other thing would be worse. – Rosie F Dec 18 '19 at 21:36
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    While ecumenical would be an apt term in its original Greek meaning (what concerns the whole inhabited world), in contemporary English, it is usually understood to stand for something that involves unity or neutrality among different Christian churches. It is thus not an apt term for accommodating non-Christians. – jsw29 Dec 19 '19 at 21:03
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It is very accommodating of them to be open on Christmas Day.

This avoids any religious connotations, but implies they might like to be closed.

adjective

Willing to fit in with someone's wishes or needs.
We always found our local branch most accommodating.

  • Realized that what I was actually looking for was ecumenical which I think of as "not favoring one faith over another" but most of Miriam Webster's definitions address branches of Christianity specifically, so it is probably not the right word, except in the more general definition, "Concerned with establishing or promoting unity among churches or religions." – Amanda Dec 19 '19 at 20:53
  • That isn't a word which is used in an everyday way. – Weather Vane Dec 19 '19 at 21:03
  • @Amanda, even according to the more general definition, it would not be an apt term for accommodating those who are not religious at all. – jsw29 Dec 19 '19 at 21:06
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The shop is open in order to make money. I doubt there is a deeper ideological motivation for working on what is normally a holiday. It's very commercial of them to be open on Christmas Day.

occupied with or engaged in commerce or work intended for commerce

Merriam Webster

[Unless you are talking about a Homeless Shelter being open on Christmas Day in which case I would say it is very charitable of them.]

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If you want the word to have an opposition of religion then

progressive might do the trick.

Definition of progressive (Entry 1 of 2) 1a: of, relating to, or characterized by progress b: making use of or interested in new ideas, findings, or opportunities

or otherwise

nonconforming but it denotes no relation to religion.

Definition of nonconforming : not in accordance or agreement with prevailing norms, standards, or customs : not conforming

taken from https://www.merriam-webster.com/

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