MPs are going to debate shutting shops on Boxing Day after a petition calling for stores to close on the 26 December gathered more than 130,000 signatures.
The debate is scheduled for 12 December.
The petition, created by Jack Johnson, has gathered 137,871 signatures. Johnson said in the introduction to his petition: "Retailers ram boxing day sales down your throat, but it is important to remember that retail workers have families too and would probably appreciate an extra day of xmas with them.
"Rather than having to return and work ridiculous hours listening to people complain and shout about their returns!"
"We do not believe it is for central government to tell businesses how to run their shops or how best to serve their customers," the government responded.
"Therefore we are not proposing to ban shops from opening on Boxing Day."
This petition does not appear to be related to another started on Change.org which also called for shops to be shut on Boxing Day - which had last week gathered more than 100,000 signatures.