James Fulford writes: This year, December 26 will be, in effect a holiday, because Christmas Day was Saturday, and the day after that is Sunday. But Britain's traditional December 26 holiday of Boxing Day (also celebrated in Canada and Australia) has not caught on, perhaps because Americans are traditionally such hard workers. Mark Steyn, born in Canada and educated in England, points out that it's hard to make Americans take off the days that they're entitled to.
In rural states, most Federal holidays—Presidents Day, Martin Luther King Day, etc—go unobserved except by banks and government agencies. It's all I can do to persuade my assistant not to come in on Christmas Day—"just for a couple of hours in the morning in case there's anything urgent," she says pleading
This cultural difference is why there's an Economist Christmas Double Issue every year. American subscribers, of course, get a holiday double issue, but either way, the Economist's editors aren't even trying to get any work out of their globalist hacks until early January.
Well, as Peter Brimelow says below (and has been saying here since 2015), why not import a global holiday like Boxing Day, instead of Kwanzaa or Festivus?
Part of what the French call "The Great Replacement" of the white nations is the imposition of alien celebrations. The most obvious is Cinco de Mayo, lovingly chronicled by VDARE.com here, exposed as a Hanukkah-style fake by our Allan Wall here.
In this spirit, I (on behalf my fellow immigrants from Britain and the former British Empire) want to propose the importation of Boxing Day, December 26, the day after Christmas Day, equally recognized with Christmas Day as a public holiday in Britain, Canada, Australia etc. Unlike Cinco de Mayo, this would actually be a useful holiday, for example for the millions of tryptophan-trashed Americans faced with the prospect of struggling back to work after Christmas Day.
In Britain in the 1970s, crippled by high marginal tax rates before the supply-side revolution, Boxing Day gave the British additional opportunity to trade income for leisure. With any luck, depending on the calendar, they could stop work from Christmas Eve or earlier until the New Year or later, in effect unilaterally reinstating a version of the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Of course, it helps that the dark British winter, with super-short days (it’s in the latitude of Labrador) and constant overcast skies, inspires hibernation.
To see how it works, note that Christmas this year (2015) fell on a Wednesday, so Boxing Day is on a Thursday. The British would conclude that there’s hardly any point in working on the Monday before Christmas Eve or for that matter going back to work just for Friday December 27. Similarly, what's the point of working Monday December 30, when all civilized people take off December 31, New Year's Eve? Plus, of course, New Year's Day.
Given that Democrats like Bernie Sanders have obviously forgotten the lessons of the 1970s and propose reimposing high marginal tax rates on income, Americans will need this Boxing Day opportunity too.
Furthermore, it's been obvious since the Supreme Court's cowardly 2007 wimp-out in Skoros that Congress will have to legislate to protect the Historic American Nation's Christmas from its fanatical foes.
Reinforcing Christmas Day—still specified in law as a federal holiday—will bring home that it really is a day "different from all others."
Merry Boxing Day!
Peter Brimelow [Email him] is the editor of VDARE.com. His best-selling book, Alien Nation: Common Sense About America’s Immigration Disaster, is now available in Kindle format.