Today is President's Day although, to be honest, I don't know of a single President who was born on this day. Lemme GOOGLE that. . .
Here's what I found
- George Washington - Feb 22
- William Henry Harrison - Feb 9
- Abraham Lincoln - Feb 12
- Ronald Reagan - Feb 6
Note, none on February 15. So while thinking about this phenomenon, I decided that perhaps this country celebrates like some tech companies. . . February Birthdays. . . March Birthdays. . . April Birthdays. . . and so on. BUT we really don't celebrate any other Presidents' birthdays. Why is that? Why is there no Millard Fillmore day (January 7, BTW)?
This celebrating stuff is so confusing to me because SOMETIMES a special day is celebrated and sometimes it is NOT. And other times we celebrate on days CLOSE to the special day (like the Chinese New Year parade in China Town is ABOUT 2 weeks from the beginning of Chinese New Year and WHY is there a 12 day celebratory period anyHOO?) and sometimes we celebrate the MONDAY after the actual holiday (like Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and so on). That makes things all neat and tidy, huh?
I reckon if we celebrated EVERYTHING then there would be more days off than work days and nothing would get done, huh? But I do wonder who decides what will be a holiday or what misses the cut.
My Mommy #2 used to decide the company holidays for her work. There were no real guidelines other than everyone got 10 paid holidays and Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day were required. So when Mommy chose a holiday to put on the list, it came down to (1) school days off, (2) vacation plans, and (3) convenience.
In summation, instead of calling today Presidents' Day when we are only celebrating a FEW presidents, I think we should call today a CONVENIENCE HOLIDAY and while we are at it, celebrate a few Presidents' birthdays.