After Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, we emerge with a fresh list of resolutions, a new lease on life — and frigid cold, snow, and no holidays in sight. Sigh. According to a study released earlier this week, this time of the year is actually scientifically dubbed the most depressing. (The most depressing day, also known as “Blue Monday,” is Jan. 21.)
How has someone not created some holidays to get us through the winter season? Although there's Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Washington’s birthday, and Valentine’s Day, most don’t get the days off, which means the next official national holiday isn't until May — by that point, it’s warm and the days are longer and summer’s around the corner.
If I had it my way, there would be at least one national holiday per month, with a mandatory day off. One glorious three-day weekend per month? Yes, please.
Here are some holidays I’d like to celebrate in the dreary months between New Year’s Eve and Memorial Day:
Breakfast Appreciation Day
Breakfast has been getting the short end of the stick since the dawn of time (probably). A cup of coffee, a stick of gum or a stale doughnut is not breakfast. But you know what is? Pancakes! Waffles! Eggs, French toast, bacon, toast, sausage, orange juice, tea, yogurt, fruit… My point is breakfast is under-appreciated. I would love nothing more than to celebrate Breakfast Day in mid-January. It’d be a national holiday where we all stay home and eat breakfast foods for each meal. Traditional garb would be pajamas (obviously) and each meal would be punctuated by cat naps and sleepy stretches. This works two-fold because most of us should probably be staying home anyway, since we’re all germ receptacles this time of the year.
Super Bowl Recuperation Day
The Super Bowl has become such a big part of U.S. culture that it’s almost expected you’ll watch it, whether alone on the couch or at a party. Football-themed plates, napkins, cups, and coasters start popping up, as well as guesses about who two teams might be, and what the halftime show will look like. Any event that requires that much preparation should be a holiday, guys. Then, the day of the Super Bowl, you’re expected to eat and drink and watch commercials and the game too, I guess. I’m not a sports person and even I watch it every year. It’s basically a rule. Yet, the next day you’re just supposed to continue on? Not anymore. The day after the Super Bowl is officially Super Bowl Recuperation Day. Enjoy!
Do That Thing You Never Have Time For Day
If you’re anything like me, you probably have a bunch of things floating around in your head that you’d like to do but you can’t find time/things always come up and it gets pushed back. You’re in luck. In March, the nation has some time off to celebrate Do That Thing You Never Have Time For Day! Go spend that Groupon that’s near expiration, read that book you’ve been putting off, take a day-trip or use your time to relax, because it’s entirely possible that relaxing is on your list of “Things You Never Have Time For.”
Embrace Your Inner Child Day
You’ve survived most of winter and it’s finally April — yay! On this holiday, everyone stays home to participate in their favorite childhood activities. Adults everywhere will be coloring, jumping rope, playing hopscotch, and going to arcades. There are so many small things we all enjoyed as a kid that just gets totally forgotten as an adult. Sure, some of the toys you thought were SO COOL when you were younger are ultra silly now (for me, that’s a Slinky), but there’s got to be something you miss from when you were a kid. Paper airplanes? Trampolines? Kites? Bubbles? Jumping in puddles? Jungle gyms? You can basically use this holiday as an excuse to go on eBay and search for your favorite childhood toys or to visit a park without thinking of the other million things that need to get done. Bonus: if you have kids, they’ll be so into this day that you won’t have to do anything nice for them for a while.
Runners up: Pet Appreciation Day, Dress Like a Superhero Day, Talk With a Fake Accent Day.
What holidays would you be interested in seeing during the winter months? Personally, I think we should have February 29th off every four years, and maybe we should just go ahead and reinstate summer vacations.