My family and childhood friends gather each October over a conveniently-timed school holiday to feast on turkey and all the trimmings. It’s a time-shift extraordinaire, designed to bring family together who would otherwise:
- Be at home celebrating with the other side of the family.
- Be stuck halfway to their destination in a freak, Thanksgiving week snow storm.
- Spend 2-1/2 days traveling through a succession of airports for a 2-1/2 hour meal.
- Head to Florida for the winter to escape all of the above.
It’s a great system, really. There is no pressure from the upcoming Holiday Shopping, er, Christmas season. No one is heading out, bellies bloated to get in their favorite 4 a.m. Black Friday line. And sometimes, the weather is so nice we’ve eaten outside. I can tell you, that does not happen around here in November.
If I could get others to cooperate, I would probably shift some other holidays around, too. Here’s what I’d do:
Celebrate the 4th of July in October. You can hold the fireworks at 8:00 p.m. and there are no mosquitoes to contend with.
Have Christmas coincide with Labor Day so I could do my Christmas shopping and my back-to-school shopping at the same time.
Always have obscure, national holidays fall on Mondays so we could have an embarrassment of three-day weekends. Oh, wait – we already do that.
That last one might seem obvious to some, but when you are a freelance writer, you are what’s called deadline-driven, that is to say, the weekdays and weekends often run into each other leading to the classic freelancer’s no-day weekend.
What about you? Have a holiday you’d like to shift? When would you hold it, and what is it called?