My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Late November is well passed summer and deep into fall so there really isn’t much going on. The requirements of the holiday are small. A little travel, greet and talk with relatives that you haven’t seen for several months, and eat. Then talk some more, maybe watch a football game, and say heartfelt good-byes in order to go home and prepare for a three day weekend.
The middle of the group would be Christmas, Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day. I like Christmas for the family get together redux. However, I find buying gifts to be stressful and taxing. I have really only found one person that I enjoy buying for and that is me. With others, I don’t know if I have ever felt like I truly met a need or if they say thank you to just be polite. The religious meaning of Christmas is not lost on me. I attend church services and extra events during this time, most of which I actively participate in and enjoy. I like Memorial Day because it gives a three day weekend and it marks the beginning of summer. In the same vein I like Labor Day because it gives a three day weekend and bookends the summer. I do not attend special events for either of these holidays so they end up being days off more than anything. Come to think of it, I have gone downtown several times to listen to the band and the giving of roll call for Memorial Day. So I have attended a special event for that holiday a few times. Independence Day is during the summer and having additional time during the summer to enjoy the weather is a good thing. Watching fireworks has become old to me so I don’t always attend special events for this holiday.
By far, my least favorite holiday is New Years. Having a day off right after having a day off for Christmas seems too much too soon. I would rather be doing something purposeful but I usually end up not having much to do on the day. I would easily trade this holiday for one in April (Good Friday) as I would like to have time off during the nicer weather. I do not enjoy staying out late or mixing it up with large groups of people so I have learned to stay home and keep things quiet.