"Weekend Assignment #28: The United States Congress (or appropriate legislative body in the country in which you live) has vested in you the power create exactly one National Holiday, celebrating anyone or anything you want, no questions asked. What is the name of your holiday, what does it celebrate, and how should we celebrate it?
One Rule: It can't be a holiday that honors someone who already has a holiday. Share the wealth, people."
OK, my nomination goes to the first day of Spring. I'm always so glad to see winter ended, and I'd go for flowery decorations and more big family get-togethers. I know, it's awfully near Easter. But that's my choice.
Extra credit: Name the holiday that already exists that you'd like to see have a higher profile.
My favorite holiday is already pretty high profile, but I'd want it to be more so, because I want four days off for Thanksgiving. I work at a distribution center for a department store, and our busy season is in full swing at that time; we're lucky to even get Thanksgiving day itself off... and we're always being told we "might" have to work on the holiday, as well as the Sunday after. Even if you save a vacation day so you can shop on "black Friday", only a limited number of associates (I love that word, whatever happened to "employees"?) are allowed to take off.