If you were hoping to deal with the stress of family obligations this Christmas by drinking yourself into a stupor, you’re going to want to plan ahead. While you might think liquor stores would do a ton of business on Christmas Day, nearly half of the US states actually have laws in place that ban liquor sales on that very day.

Michelle Minton of the Competitive Enterprise Institute told Reason that these regulations are generally “part of the blue-law category,” meaning they’re rooted in religious reasons — when alcohol was initially banned on Sundays and Christian holidays — and date back to the end of Prohibition in 1933. “When the states decided to legalize alcohol again,” she said, “a lot of them instituted blue laws, and it’s taken this long for most of the states to slowly get rid of them.”

To help you avoid any disappointing surprises, here are the 24 states that still enforce the Christmas Day alcohol ban:

    • Arkansas — Alcohol banned at liquor stores and grocery stores.
    • Colorado — Alcohol banned at liquor stores and grocery stores.
    • Connecticut — Alcohol banned at liquor stores and grocery stores.
    • Georgia — Each municipality determines its own alcohol regulations.
    • Idaho — Alcohol banned at liquor stores and grocery stores. Beer and wine can be purchased at grocery stores.
    • Kansas — Alcohol banned at liquor stores and grocery stores.
    • Massachusetts — Alcohol banned at liquor stores and grocery stores. The state also bans bars from offering happy hour deals or other alcohol-based promotions all year round.
    • Minnesota — Alcohol with greater than 3.2 percent ABV is banned at liquor stores and grocery stores.
    • Mississippi — Alcohol with greater than 5 percent ABV is banned at liquor stores and grocery stores.
    • New Hampshire — Alcohol banned at liquor stores and grocery stores.
    • New Mexico — Alcohol banned at liquor stores and grocery stores.
    • New York — Wine and liquor banned at liquor stores and grocery stores. Beer can be purchased at grocery and convenience stores.
    • North Carolina — Liquor banned at liquor stores and grocery stores. Beer and wine can be purchased at grocery and convenience stores.
    • North Dakota — All retail alcohol sales banned from 6:00 PM onward on Christmas Day.
    • Ohio — Alcohol banned at liquor stores and grocery stores.
    • Oklahoma — Liquor is banned at liquor stores and grocery stores. Beer and wine can be purchased at grocery and convenience stores.
    • Pennsylvania — Alcohol banned at liquor stores and grocery stores.
    • South Carolina — Alcohol banned at liquor stores and grocery stores.
    • South Dakota — Alcohol banned at liquor stores and grocery stores.
    • Tennessee — Wine and liquor banned at liquor stores and grocery stores. Beer is permissible.
    • Texas — Alcohol banned at liquor stores and grocery stores.
    • Utah — Alcohol banned at liquor stores and grocery stores.
    • Virginia — Alcohol banned at liquor stores and grocery stores.
    • West Virginia — Alcohol banned at liquor stores and grocery stores.

H/T: Reason