I’m sure we’ve all heard the old saw about whoever planned the holidays did a poor job scheduling two turkey dinners so close together. Personally, I see no problem having turkey feasts at 30 day intervals, but if put to it, I could probably come up with quite a few other beefs about the timing and nature of many holidays…..
Take for instance June 14th, Flag Day. Yeah yeah, the National Ensign is an important symbol and all but it’s only three weeks before Independence Day! Couldn’t we just hold on to all those patriotic thoughts and displays for just a few more days and schedule them for one convenient patriotic day off and not clutter up the calendar with so many second-stringer holidays (i.e. ones where you don’t get time off). Similar arguments could be raised for Patriot Day and Peal Harbor Day (nothing like ticking off ‘holidays’ that read like a laundry list of national axe grinding grievances over wrongs committed), or Valentines Day and Sweetest Day (ladies, isn’t expecting mushy sentiments one WHOLE day of the year demanding enough on the males of the world?)
Not only are some holidays themselves deficient but frequently the spacing of the holidays leave much to be desired – why the paucity of days off between Presidents Day and Memorial Day? Similarly, even some of the shorter spans of the calendar come close to drought lengths. If having more holidays is not possible could we at least space them more evenly?
If you were in charge of planning the holidays what would YOU change?