We love our job, but we love our holidays too. July 4th, St. Patty's Day, Arbor Day — bring 'em on.
But we also like to look ahead to see on which days they fall on. Christmas, on a Wednesday? Bah, humbug!
However, it looks like 2015 will be a Good year for holidays. We especially love them when they fall on weekends or near weekends, so they stretch out said weekends.
And 2015? July 4th falls on a Saturday, so it will observed on the Friday. That's one in the bank! And Christmas and New Year's Day fall on Fridays! Put two more in the bank! Yes, New Year's Day is technically the first day of 2016, but let's not quibble. Let's party!
It's the first time in 109 years that all three major holidays are falling on weekends! (OK, so we made that up.)
Dig the Fourth! In 2015, it really calls for fireworks.
Dig Christmas! We can play with our toys all weekend!
Dig New Year's! We can nurse that hangover for two extra days!
Of course, we're guaranteed three-day weekends with Memorial Day and Labor Day because they always fall on Mondays. And Thanksgiving is a Thursday celebration that long ago morphed into a Thursday-Friday holiday extravaganza.
Martin Luther King day is on a Monday, as always. However, in light of our nation's race problems of late, let's hope in 2015, on this day, we all look at his life's work for inspiration. (Really, we got to get this together …)
St. Patty's Day is a bit of a problem because it falls on a Tuesday. However, if you're truly Irish, you could care less. And Cinco de Mayo also falls on a Tuesday. But if you're Mexican or Mexican-American, the same thing holds true.
Veterans Day falls on a Wednesday and that's perfectly fine. It's supposed to be a somber day, not one to buy a toaster or do jello shots.
One big problem with 2015: Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday. Yes, it follows our weekend-is-good-for-a-holiday rule, but restaurants will be jammed.
Me: “Hey honey, get dressed up, we're going to In-N-Out Burger!”
Wife: “Good. I will be able to drown you in mustard.”
This is scary. Halloween falls on a Saturday. This holiday has evolved from a day celebrated mainly by children and dentists. Adults party big-time too. So, if you're over 40, lock the doors.
And Arbor Day is always the last Friday in April. This is an actual state holiday in Nebraska, which is where the observance started. That is not enough, however, to make us want to move to the Cornhusker state.