It's not just for your chain-smoking, lottery-addicted uncle anymore.
7-Eleven has been the last refuge of holiday scoundrels for years, but the chain has gotten wise to its place on the Christmas food chain. Yes, there's still a Slurpee machine and rotating stock of Big Bite hot dogs and taquitos, but the stores have also started stocking gift cards, headphones, DVDs and, most importantly, batteries. It's great to have a stocking-candy nirvana open Christmas Day just in case, but knowing they have a full supply of batteries on the one day parents invariably forget that their child's favorite Christmas toy needs them usually gets this seemingly lowly convenience store chain high praise from families around this time of year.-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Jason Notte. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/notteham. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.