Why we care about holidays

holidays“A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Once again we find ourselves enmeshed in the Holiday Season, that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions such as trying to find a parking space at the mall. We traditionally do this in my family by driving around the parking lot until we see a shopper emerge from the mall, then we follow her, in very much the same spirit as the Three Wise Men, who 2,000 years ago followed a star, week after week, until it led them to a parking space.”
Dave Barry

“Thanksgiving is so called because we are all so thankful that it only comes once a year.”
P. J. O’Rourke

“Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not.”
William James

“I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays.
Henny Youngman.

“In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukkah’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas!’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah!’ or (to the atheists) ‘Look out for the wall!'”
Dave Barry

“Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap.”
Simone De Beauvoir