I’m not a fan of most holidays. Don’t get me wrong. I love having days off, we should have more of them. However, the classical Christmas and Easter holidays I’m not really a big fan of.
The thing is, everyone else also has days off, so most days result in traffic jams in every damn direction. Everything is always full, and booked. Wherever you go, a million people had the same idea. Besides that, people turn absolutely nuts. Why is stuffing yourself on Christmas Day so much better than any other day of the year? Why can’t we do it some time in summer, and have a nice garden variety celebration? Meh. I don’t like all the fuss around the typical holidays. They drain me.
So, my favorite holidays are your least favorite holidays. Bavaria has a bunch of those days; nobody has a clue why they’re holidays. They’re no days off in the rest of the world I think, certainly not in the Netherlands they aren’t. But why ask questions?
Epiphany, Corpus Christi, Assumption Day, All Saints Day.
Perfect holidays. A day off for reasons unbeknownst to me. That’s how I like them. No bullshit around these holidays. No presents. No family that’s offended if I don’t show up. Great. Can’t we just act like that with all of them?
I think I still have baby Jesus to thank for them. So thanks baby Jesus, for all you did to make this possible. Appreciate it.
Silly idea: wouldn’t it be great to get extra days off and use them flexibly whenever we need them, instead of prearranged fixed holidays? I think it’s a great idea!
4 thoughts on “Your least favorite”
Thanksgiving – too much lingering food coma!
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Thanksgiving is not a thing in Europe, but I can definitely relate to the food coma. It’s real.
I got those flexible extra holidays from a previous employer. They called it vitality days and to apply (1 day/year) you would give them a clear indication, why your activity contributed to your personal vitality. If you could relax in a waiting queue at Efteling, that’s what you gave them and if it was a cooking workshop or a day in the forest, it was also fine. I liked it! Especially, because it gave me the impression that they were really supportive when you did some self-care next to work. It was the same job that paid extra child care money, when I went abroad for a conference etc. No application needed. It just came with the next salary.
For the rest I totally agree: official holidays, especially the well known ones, suck. Way too much pressure and expectations on them to be “perfect”. Disappointments guaranteed.
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Flexibility is always good 😊! Oh, and yes. Those perfect holidays. Especially important when there’s a camera around…. Haha. I also hate that I have to travel all over the country (now two) to see everyone. Seeing one, not the other is of course a no no. So I rather spend with my own little family.