Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rearrange Holidays, for Work's Sake

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rearrange Holidays, for Work's Sake

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Byline: Terry Dickson

Same old new year.

We're coming up on a week into this 2007 and it looks a lot like 2006.

We need to change some things, like move New Year's Day to Feb. 17 or maybe into March, when things start blooming. It just comes too soon after Christmas and we celebrate it at the beginning of the bleakest part of the year.

Leaves fall, the fields turn brown and a cold wind drives us indoors. OK, maybe not this short-sleeved winter we're in now.

And let's celebrate it at noon instead of midnight. It's too hard to stay up until midnight just to yell "Happy New Year" when what you really want is to be on your third dream.

Isn't it just a little ridiculous to celebrate changing the calendar? Although I do look forward to a new calendar, because I buy these neat jobs with pictures of lighthouses, waterfalls, canyons and the like. Right over my computer is a shot of Waterpocket Fold in Capital Reef National Park, Utah. Last year, I had a National Geographic calendar and the year before, a Sierra Club version.

They're so good, I can't throw them away. I've kept the past 11.

The problem with New Year's Day is it's just so hard to get going the day after. Here in the South, we tend to eat too much on New Year's Day. We stuff ourselves with good luck food - black-eyed peas, collards, pork chops, corn bread, sweet potatoes and stuff like that. It's the one day everyone eats soul food, although that's the stuff I grew up on. After that big meal, we stay up until midnight again watching the last of the college bowl games crunching on tortilla chips loaded with salsa, potato chips, M&M's and soft drinks. This year, they stretched the bowl games, meaning we were up until midnight Tuesday.

At the Dickson house, we have another celebration in the middle, my wife Vonette's birthday on New Year's Eve. …

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