So, yeah, it's snowy on the Eastern Seaboard. I drove into work last night very slowly and carefully. I enjoy driving in snow, but not crashing. I hummed inappropriate Christmas carols as I drove. It felt more Christmas-y than Christmas did.
Which brings me to an idea I've been kicking around for a while: Christmas should be moved to February.
Wait! Dial down the snark-o-meter, hear me out on this.
First, there's no historical or religious reason not to. We celebrate Christmas near the Winter Solstice purely for convenience, because it made conversion of the heathen easier for Christians a thousand years ago. Nowadays that's no longer an issue. Since we don't really know what date Christ's birth fell on, we can celebrate it any time.
Next, look at the immense practical advantages
1. Much improved chances of actually having a White Christmas. As it stands, singing about a 'White Christmas' in most of the US is somewhere between delusional and fraudulent.
2. There's no month that needs Christmas more than February. February is the pit of the year, when Seasonal Affective Disorder is epidemic. It's a runt of a month, pillaged of days by both Julius and Augustus Caesar to pump up their own disgustingly sweltering hot months in the middle of the summer. February is cold, it's snowy, it's dark. Christmas could only improve things. By the end of nasty, brutish, and short February, aren't you ready for a little Christmas?
3. As it stands now, the end of the year is morbidly obese in holidays. We don't need Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years in little more than a month. Talk about wretched excess. Too much traveling, and partying, and shopping, and cooking and merry-making. Stress. Family quarrels. Bah! Humbug! Get rid of Christmas! Two holidays at the end of the year are more than enough.
So, there you have it. Christmas should be moved to February. Write your congressman.
And while you're at it, mention my plan to solve the Washington D.C. statehood issue by moving D.C. to Wyoming.
== fuukouzekka == scenic beauty
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