We seem to be overwhelmed with holidays, observances and days devoted to everything.
There may be a day devoted to rutabagas, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there was one, but I nonetheless propose a holiday close to every working man — or woman’s heart — a holiday in honor of doing nothing.
Where do we get the idea that doing nothing and being lazy are one in the same?
It’s natural instinct to yawn, but I know some people look at that as a sign of being shiftless, and that’s a shame.
I happen to be a fan of the television show, “Seinfeld,” where characters celebrated the holiday, “Festivus,” a secular holiday celebrated on Dec. 23 as an alternative to the commercialization of the Christmas season.
Festivus, originally created by author Daniel O’Keefe, features a Festivus dinner, and an unadorned Festivus pole, much like the bare bones Christmas tree in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
It also features practices such as the “airing of grievances,” “feats of strength,” and labeling of easily explainable events as “Festivus miracles.”
I’m not one to mess with the traditions surrounding Christmas, and in many ways they’re very personal to me, such as television shows like the George C. Scott version of “A Christmas Carol.”
I grew up with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Mr. McGoo Christmas Carol,” but I haven’t seen those two holiday stalwarts in many years.
That’s why I like New Year’s Day, beyond the cornucopia of football games, because it’s a day to do absolutely nothing, and it’s nothing to do with the night before where too much may have happened, and people may have had “too much fun.”
I sometimes feel guilty about having a day where I don’t have any plans or go anywhere or do anything and just be plain lazy.
But, I think those kind of days do come in handy, where we can cleanse our minds in preparation for the next mad rush.
Happy New Year…