October 9, 2017 Last Updated 9:53 am

Happy Thanksgiving Day, or Columbus Day, or whatever

Today is one of those holidays that are considered by some companies or regional governments to be an ‘optional’ holiday, but isn’t there a need for at least one three-day weekend every month?

Today is Thanksgiving Day… well, at least in Canada. Celebrated on the second Monday of October, it falls on the same day as Columbus Day in the US.. In Canada, Thanksgiving is a bit like Columbus Day in that there are parts of Canada that consider it an optional holiday (the Atlantic provinces), while in the US Columbus Day is celebrated by those that want to buy a new mattress or TV on sale.

Thanksgiving Day was established in Canada in 1967 when the Toronto Maple Leafs last won the Stanley Cup.

(Oh wait, Wikipedia says it was 1879 when parliament passed a law designating a national day of thanksgiving. Hmmm, I like my explanation better.)

Columbus Day is not universally observed by businesses in US. If you have ever worked for a NYC publisher you probably got the day off. But otherwise you might be working today, especially if you are in retail where stores hold special Columbus Day sales over the weekend, knowing few will actually shop on Monday, the actual Columbus Day, because they are working.

I’m not one of those who think Columbus Day needs to be gotten rid of. I know all the arguments but it seems that we need an official holiday between Labor Day, which few celebrate as an actual holiday that celebrates labor, and Veterans Day, previously known Armistice Day.

So, why not just call it October Holiday and let people celebrate what they want? We all need the day off, right? There should be, after all, at least one three-day weekend per month.

In any case, this is my way of saying that TNM is cutting out early today to celebrate Thanksgiving… or Columbus Day. Or the fact that it will be 87 today in Chicago, which like never happens in mid-October (or should happen in mid-October).

So, have a great holiday, even if you are stuck at work.

Photo: Pumpkin Approach by Evan Long, used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

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