James Fulford writes: Christmas Day—Monday, December 25—is a public holiday in the U.S., but for most Americans, it’s back to work Tuesday!
That’s because Britain’s traditional December 26 holiday of Boxing Day (also celebrated in Canada and Australia) has not caught on, perhaps because Americans are traditionally such hard workers. Mark Steyn, born in Canada and educated in England, points out that it’s hard to make Americans take off the days that they’re entitled to.
In rural states, most Federal holidays—Presidents Day, Martin Luther King Day, etc—go unobserved except by banks and government agencies. It’s all I can do to persuade my assistant not to come in on Christmas Day—”just for a couple of hours in the morning in case there’s anything urgent,” she says pleadi
This cultural difference is why there’s an Economist Christmas Double Issue every year. American subscribers, of course, get a holiday double issue, but either way, the Economist’s editors aren’t even trying to get any work out of their globalist hacks until early January.
In this spirit, I (on behalf my fellow immigrants from Britain and the former British Empire) want to propose the importation of Boxing Day, December 26, the day after Christmas Day, equally recognized with Christmas Day as a public holiday in Britain, Canada, Australia etc. Unlike Cinco de Mayo, this would actually be a useful holiday, for example for the millions of tryptophan-trashed Americans faced with the prospect of struggling back to work after Christmas Day.
Of course, it helps that the dark British winter, with super-short days (it’s in the latitude of Labrador) and constant overcast skies, inspires hibernation.
To see how it works, note that Christmas this year (2015) fell on a Wednesday, so Boxing Day is on a Thursday. The British would conclude that there’s hardly any point in working on the Monday before Christmas Eve or for that matter going back to work just for Friday December 27. Similarly, what’s the point of working Monday, December 30, when all civilized people take off December 31, New Year’s Eve? Plus, of course, New Year’s Day.
Furthermore, it’s been obvious since the Supreme Court’s cowardly 2007 wimp-out in Skoros that Congress will have to legislate to protect the Historic American Nation’s Christmas from its fanatical foes.
Reinforcing Christmas Day—still specified in law as a federal holiday—will bring home that it really is a day ”different from all others.”