Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Greatest Gift of All

It's the Christmas season. It's firmly the Christmas season. I can tell because the left-leaning Christians I follow on twitter are telling people to stop being upset about the phrase "happy holidays" while the right-leaning Christians are warning people about the "war on Christmas". When I was a kid none of this kind of stuff mattered and Christmas was a wonderful time so I don't see why I would start caring about it now. Christmas is a time to think about the things that matter.

Yes, Jesus is one of those things. No, that is not what I'm going to talk about here.

When I think of Christmas I get all warm and fuzzy. Mostly it's because my parents house is nice and warm while my apartment remains frigid due to budgetary constraints, but part of it is because of all of the things that happen. I get to see family, sit around and do jigsaw puzzles, play video games with people who do not play video games. It's nice.

This are not always this way though. Last year I was home only for a few days because of work. It was a reminder that not everyone gets two weeks to go home and fart around while responsibilities remain far away. It's very upper-middle class. If you work on a bank calendar (9-5 with all weekends and holidays off) then it's great because you get a solid chunk of days off but if you work in any other industry, you're usually SOL. I have discovered that most places stay open on Christmas day now which means that if you work any kind of shift work, you're going to end up working at least one (if not all) of those statutory holidays around Christmas. It sucks if you have plans to go home during Christmas.

Why does this happen? The answer is people do things on Christmas Day. People go to movies. People go out to eat. People want a Starbucks coffee at 3 PM on December 25th. The demand for these kind of services exists on Holidays when parts of the population assume that no one is working because people don't understand what that does.

At this point you have realized that this is just another opportunity for me to tell you what to do with your life. You are correct sir/madam. This is the part of the post where I tell you to stay home on statutory holidays. Stock up on food and cigarettes and coffee the day before. Plan ahead. Stay indoors. Do not go outside. It is hazardous to the health of those who are forced to work those days because of your outrageous demands. Stay home and maybe demand will drop enough that business will stop insisting on staying open on stat holidays. Together we can make the service industry less terrible.