With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I’ve begun thinking about a few things: namely, why we don’t get more holidays off. I mean, if they’re holidays, shouldn’t they be treated as such?
For instance, no one wants to work on Christmas, Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving, or Superbowl Sunday. Yet, these days are becoming nothing more than regular work days in a consumer-driven industry focused on money not individuals. Pretty soon, we’ll see holidays as nothing more than days to buy certain items and obligations to cram in a few minutes with the family before dashing off to work (where holiday bonuses and overtime are things of the past).
I mean, there are schools that still have classes on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. What’s that about?
If the government can mandate that we have to pay for contraceptives and abortions in our medical insurance, certainly they have the power to mandate that we take certain days off.
I’m not asking for a lot, just the big ones: all religious holidays (sure, we could cut corners and close early on Hanukkah and Ramadan, but that might make Jews and Muslims feel slighted…eight days, and a month, however…), government holidays, and Superbowl Sunday. I doubt the country will fall into anarchy if we closed businesses for those days. But, let’s find out! It’ll be a fun experiment.
Maybe it’s because I’m lazy or don’t like working (I’m pretty sure it’s not because I like spending holidays with family and friends), but I just feel that working on holidays is unconstitutional. That should be the next amendment! I’m sure a lot of people would vote for it…isn’t that how amendments are created, popular vote? I’m pretty sure it is. Anyway, who likes working on holidays, they’re crazy.
And the people who shop on holidays, even crazier. It’s not safe to drive, past a certain point, because everyone’s been partying all day. People are mean and grumpy at having to shop at the last minute, and upset when stores have low stock. Workers are disgruntled that they’re missing excellent food and instead are spending time waiting on strangers. All in all, I say, we give everyone a break and just take the days off. Everyone needs a vacation every now and again, why not a government mandated one?