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And one more for today

November 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Thanksgiving, what a thing.  We’re one of two countries that officially celebrates a day of thanksgiving.  Us and Canada, that’s it.  As an aside, if you ask @fakeapstylebook, he’d say, Do not refer to Canada as “America’s hat” as it is offensive, instead use “Gateway to Alaska.”  All kidding aside, it’s really a wonderful thing.

Normally, in a more lucid state, I would be against the idea of an official day to give thanks for what we have.  My question first would be, to whom?  As an avowed atheist I take exception to holidays that focus around religious things.  See Christmas and Easter.  Now, I’m not going to say that I don’t enjoy the holiday season this time of year, but it’s entirely for secular reasons.  I enjoy the company of friends and family, the warmth and togetherness it brings.  But back from the tangent, I do enjoy this holiday, Thanksgiving. 

I think it’s not about prayer, or turkey sacrifices to the Christian god, or the shopping the day after.  What I like is that it is the least commercialized of any of our holidays.  That being said, Black Friday is a whole other story.  Labor Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, President’s Day, shit, even Columbus Day, all the sales and promotions.  Basically, they are congressionally authorized savings events.

It’s the one day of the year when you know everybody but the pharmacy and the hospital is closed for business.  Well, the bars, but we need them!  It’s a chance to relax and unwind before you throw yourself across the table, lunging at your relative who every year disagrees with you. 

Maybe, just maybe, we can remember this at some other holiday, really take a day off.  No sales, no promotions, no really big events.  Just something simple, something pure…

It just hit me, a National Vacation Day, or National *Sick* Day.  A day to whatever the hell you want!  Have fun with your family, enjoy a day with friends.  In my ideal world, as I am King in it, no one would work, except for the Doctors and Nurses and the Pharmacists, they’d get a different day, after we’re sober. 

I don’t know, I just like the calm that comes with Thanksgiving.  It’s the beginning of the end of the year, and for this year, I think we are all glad it will be over soon.

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