In my annual Holidays post, I make the comment:
Huh? This is one of those, "what exactly are we celebrating here?" kinds of holidays. Why don't they just call it what it is - the "Last Day of Summer" Day.
This pretty much sums up my feeling for this "holiday."
Even Wikipedia (which everyone knows is the source of all things fact) claims that Labor Day is nothing more than "a day off for the working citizens."
Congress made this an official federal holiday in 1894.
note: When I first looked this up on Wikipedia today someone had included a reference that said,
"Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September except for in Clemson, SC where the holiday is regarded as unimportant and is not celebrated." It's gone now, but I found this to be most amusing.
So, since there's really nothing to celebrate, what exactly are you supposed to do during this extra day off?
Well, if you're like most people... you do LABOR - at least up here in the northern half of the US where winter, which is just around the corner, threatens to exile us to the great indoors for the first half of the coming year.
For example, if you own a house, this is your last chance to paint or caulk the cracks before it gets too cold to work with those things outside. Or if you own a cabin, this is the weekend to head on up and take out the boat and pull in the dock, put the storm windows back on and close it up for the season.
Some holiday eh? No decorations, no presents, no candy, and NO FUN!
One important thing to remember though... whatever you do, do NOT wear white anymore this year - lest you be ridiculed by the masses and snickered upon behind your back.
So summer... may you rest in peace. It was nice knowing you while you were here but as the song goes - "to everything, turn turn turn, there is a season, turn turn turn."
And now it's fall's turn.