Sunday, December 17, 2006

...tis the season...

There is general consensus that Thanksgiving, a holiday, marks the beginning of "the holidays." Between then and the end of that season, there are both official and unofficial holidays. Christmas Eve is a holiday. So, of course, is Christmas. Then there is New Year's Eve, ushering in a holiday atmosphere all over the world. New Year's Day is a holiday. There is the holiday known as Quanzaa. And there are the days of Hanukkah. Holidays, all. There are other celebrations I may be forgetting. Do Druids still celebrate the winter solstice as a holiday? I hope so. And there are all the football bowl games. Of course they are unofficial holidays, but the jubilant atmosphere often seems to produce a holiday mood, and fans of Ohio State will call it a holiday a whole week after New Year's Day. Florida fans may be less jubilant.

What I am pointing out is that there are many days between Thanksgiving and the BCS Championship Bowl game which are, or seem to be, holidays for many of our good citizens. In the spirit, then, of this "holiday season," may I quote the greeting cards that came to our house years ago when I was a boy?

So many Christmas cards in those long ago days said, "Season's Greetings." And so to you, seasons greetings, and let's work for a happier 2007!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Season's Greetings to you!
How do you suggest we work for a happier 2007?

12/20/2006 3:45 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

You ask a good question. Books have been written trying to answer it. Since I am regularly told that I go on too long, I'll not write another, but simply repeat the short answer, possibly a cliché to most readers.

"Love one another."

12/20/2006 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's add "wisely" to that?

12/20/2006 4:18 PM  
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12/29/2006 9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you didn't have any money riding on Ohio. :D

I think the Solstice should be the true New Year's. It is the shortest day of the year, it is a turning point in the sun's travels Southward and begins the journey back towards the North. It is far more logical than the day we seem to have arbitrarilly chosen for the New Year's we presently celebrate.

1/11/2007 7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have long felt that our calendar is hopelessly screwed up and have a couple of revisions I would like to propose:
The winter solstice is a logical place to put January 1st. It is the shortest day of the year and the start of the celestial reawakening.

But more importantly, I propose that every month have 30 days consisting of alternating weeks of 7 and 8 days. Every other weekend would be a three-day weekend. The 1st and 15th would fall on Sundays, so no bills could be due on those days, especially to the IRS.

Then we address the 5 or 6 days at the end of the year. Nobody works between Christmas and New Years anyway, (at least, if they show up, they aren't productive) so let this be a holiday week so the stores can have their after Christmas sales.

Finally, I propose moving Father's day to August. There isn't any celebrations in August, it is good BBQ weather and dads won't have to be half of "Dads & Grads" any more. You don't hear "Moms & Proms", because if you messed with mom's day, you'd find yourself standing in the corner and going without supper. It's time dad got a little respect.

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