What is a “real” holiday? Are Christmas and New Year’s Eve the dynamic duo of gluttony that kicks America in the ass every winter true representations of “real” holidays?
If you’re without a love on Feb. 14, does it mean that you’re a loser? When you’re the only one not walking around with a big box of chocolates, it’s hard not to feel like an outsider.
Holidays aren’t about being exclusionary.
In one of her most poignant songs, 1983’s “Holiday,” Madonna set the standard for celebratory methodology:
“It’s time for the good times
Forget about the bad times, oh yeah / One day to come together / To release the pressure / We need a holiday”
Holidays are about you and me and that person sitting next to you on the bench. They are about a feeling, not a price tag. The best holidays are not the ones that break your piggy bank, but those that fill your heart. Everyday should be a holiday, damnit.
Some holidays are just not that fun. Unless you’re a conservationist, Arbor Day is sort of boring. Groundhog Day has been a waste of time ever since the Bill Murray film commercialized the Punxsutawney, Pa. festivities.
Still, other holidays are a lot of fun.
Some of the holidays with the most potential are of the obscure nature.
This week contains nothing short of a holiday bonanza: today is Love Your Pet Day, Sunday is National Tortilla Chip Day and next Thursday is Public Sleeping Day. Who makes these days up? Who knows? According to holidayinsight.com, they really do exist and you’re the party pooper for not taking part.
Okay, so I might not bat an eyelash for International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day on Saturday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try one.
Some days don’t have a holiday. The easy solution? Make one up.
March 10: Give a Friend a Mix Tape Day.