It also got us thinking that more holidays are due for some tweaking. Some modest proposals:
Christmas. It falls on a Wednesday this year. It should NEVER fall on a Wednesday. Unless you're sitting on 3-plus weeks of vacation (meaning you're, like, still employed and in your 50s), you're going to end up working Monday AND Friday that week. So this year, let's move Christmas up to Tuesday, enjoy a nice four-day weekend leading into it, and find some quiet time Wednesday to ponder the birth of Jesus and all that—maybe in the cafeteria, over lunch. (Same, without the religion, goes for New Year's Day.)
Valentine's Day. She's always complaining that you don't take this holiday seriously, so we propose boosting its importance—by making it rarer. Let's move it to back two weeks, to Feb. 29. As a quadrennial event, it receives the cache of truly special things, like the Olympics, playoff appearance by the Arizona Cardinals, and Presidential elections. Bonus: If you completely mess up the day, there's a lot more time for her to forget before the holiday rolls around again. A win all around.
Thanksgiving. Nine years short of its 400th birthday, this is a holiday in need of a makeover. Let's move it to early August and turn it into a something we're actually thankful for—summer sun and girls showing some skin. And do away with the turkey, potatoes, and steamed veggies. Replace them with rib-eyes, lobsters, and grilled veggies. Maybe we kick off the NFL season on Thanksgiving and close out the year with a New Year's Eve Super Bowl. It's sounding better already.
If you have any ideas on holidays in need of changes, let us know in the comments below.
Kevin DonahueKevin is the Senior Managing Editor for Online at Men's Health.
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