Wikipedia has taught me that a Holiday “is a day set aside by custom or by law. On which normal activities, especially business or work including school, are suspended. Generally, holidays to allow individuals to celebrate or commemorate an event or tradition. Holidays may be designated by governments, religious institutions, or other groups or organizations. The degree to which normal activities are reduced by a holiday may depend on local laws. Also the types of customs or the type of job being held by an individual or even personal choices.
The concept of holidays often originated in connection with religious observances. The intention of a holiday was to allow individuals to tend to religious duties. Duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational function as any other weekend days or activities.”
To sum up that, holidays are meant to give folks time for self-care and celebration so they didn’t use work hours to do it. Smart, really.
Here’s My Point
It’s not about office parties and gifts. Nor is it about tv specials or fundraisers. Those are all things you can choose to do, sure, but that’s not what it’s about.
The holidays are about taking the time to recharge your batteries. No joke.
Religious, Physical, Mental, or Emotional batteries - it doesn’t matter. The idea is to take the time to focus on you, rest restore, and return to work healthy and happy.