Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you live in Canada, of course. I've always liked the French name for it, though: Jour de l'Action de Grâce. Canadian Thanksgiving has fallen on the same day as the U.S. Columbus Day since the early 70s. I had thought it was to facilitate the synching of business calendars, but this was cynical; it seems to have been a completely coincidental effect of the U.S. Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved several federal holidays to Mondays in order to increase three-day weekends. Really, someone should write a book on the history of holiday legislation; it's just chock full of interesting things.

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