Oh my goodness! The cookies, the parties, the shopping, the cookies, the concerts, the school productions, the wrapping - oh, and did I mention the cookies? There are good reasons why we should not be in holiday mode every single day. Yes, yes, peace on earth and goodwill to all is a wonderful thing to have year round, but think about the rest of it:
- The insulin manufacturers would experience a profit windfall from the new cases of diabetes as a result of all of the sugar- and fat-laden carbs we would be consuming every day.
- Those of us baking the cookies - if we kept the same pace that we keep during the holiday season - would expire from the workload. Or we'd feel like we'd been magically transported to pioneer days, when all women did was cook and sew and clean and have babies - and that consumed all day every day.
- We'd have to buy new clothes, a side effect of the daily cookies. Not that buying new clothes is a bad thing, but the stores wouldn't be open because of the holidays.
- We'd go broke from the constant gift buying. And you think you run out of ideas now...
- I can tell you after the recent snowstorm experience - that having all the family in the house all day every day because it's holiday vacation...someone would die, and it wouldn't be accidental!
- Many of the men among us would be ready to throw in the towel, because these holiday parties are hard enough to endure when they only happen a couple of times per year. At this rate the town bore would be able to tell the same old story not only 3 or 4 times, but 30 or 300 times!
- I suppose we'd run out of stuff, because everyone would be off work and not producing anything. Except there would still be a crew going strong at Denny's, making Grand Slam Breakfasts 24/7. Nothing stops the Grand Slam Breakfast. And of course WalMart would be open as well. Thank heaven, because where else could we buy presents on a holiday?
Really, though, it is the novelty of it all that helps the holidays stay special for us. We wouldn't have the excitement that comes from anticipation, and the satisfaction that comes from recounting the enjoyment of a special occasion just past if every day were a holiday. I can't believe I'm saying this, but even I would get sick of chocolate chip cookies if they were a steady diet. When things are in front of us every day we get used to having them there, and we are likely to take them for granted.