Friday, November 26, 2010

what are the holidays for, anyway?

So we've got the holidays, right? Those Red Letter Days. Those days that people love because they don't have work, or they get out of work early, so they can spend time alone, or with their families, or whatever. Relax, chill out! If we worked every day of the year we'd die, right? How would we handle our stresses? etc etc etc

Well not everyone does get a day off. What about all those live television shows on Thanksgiving and Christmas? All those football games or basketball games or whatever? Why? Do we really need television 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year? Granted I don't know everything there is to know about television stations -- maybe they do take days off, after all, could they just program one day's TV in, hit play, and walk away? -- but still, TV stations make a great effort to let everyone know that they're the ones playing something special on these holidays. But so what? Why don't we as Americans say to ourselves and to every working man and woman around us, "Hey, we deserve a day off, all of us, so how about we all just relax at home with our families or with ourselves and take a well deserved break?"

Every. Single. One of us. And then, the next day, just get back to work.

I guess I just don't understand how a few days a year can't be taken off in some respects. I guess there are probably examples of people who literally cannot take breaks -- emergency personel, etc -- but other than that, it just seems like money-gubbing-greed. Most of us have families -- and if we don't, we still deserve a break every once in a while.

This seems so pointless after I wrote it all out. Oh well. I guess I just had to ask myself the question and it wouldn't shut up in my head until I wrote down something that slightly resembled answers. Who are the holidays for if not everyone can relax?

The lucky ones, I guess.



  1. Do we really deserve a day off? Or do we just feel like we deserve a day off? When you're in a show, all you can think about is that lazy time you miss, but as soon as that show ends you go stir crazy wishing you were working on a show. I think, sometimes, that perhaps we don't deserve a break or time to relax, that that is just an excuse to be lazy, to not do what needs to be done (dishes, laundry, cleaning, repairing, etc.). I accept time spent with friends and family as a better reason for holidays. Still, work must be done, and if we don't do it, who will? Or will it get done at all? Will our homes just sit and rot because we deserve a break from painting it? Will our cars go unwashed because we had a rough day at work? Just food for thought.