You know, it’s not like it’s on a different date every year; so why do I feel like Christmas is creeping up on me?
And we haven't even gotten to Thanksgiving yet!
Yet there it is, Christmas: as warm and buttery as the light in Grandma's kitchen.
There it is, there on the calendar between Thanksgiving and my next sick day (wink wink).
The days and nights between now and my New Year's hangover are a flurry of decorating, shopping, cooking, parties, phone calls, and moments of real contentment.
And then? Après Christmas? What then?
Then, my friends, comes the Winter In Earnest. Nothing on the horizon but work, snow, and work in the snow.
So bearing that in mind, and realizing that there is a good chance that it is true that Christmas is on the 25th of December simply to over-ride a pagan solar holiday, would anyone here have any objection to my moving it out to, say, February?
Because there’s nothing to look forward to in February.
Is that okay with you guys?
Think of it! No Christmas carols in the stores immediately following Halloween! No rush of activity between November 27th and December 25th! No more trying to save your paid vacation time until the end of the year so that you can take Christmas week off!
Oh, sure. February has Valentine’s Day (AKA Singles Awareness Day), and Presidents’ Day, but neither include time off. True, you may get chocolate or flowers for Valentine's Day; and there are some great sales (linen and towels! wheeee!) during The Presidents’ Day Sale-ebration (sorry everyone), but honestly, the next paid holiday after New Year’s in the U.S. is Memorial Day.
Memorial Day is in May.
And you know what?
It’s at the end of May!!
How in the world did we do it last year, and why in the world are we doing it again? Beginning of January to end of May without a paid day off in sight!
I’m getting dizzy just thinking about it.
I can see the headlines now: Woman On Downtown Bus Swallows Laminated Metro Pass in Protest of the Five-Day Workweek, Demands More Paid Holidays.
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