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jaxsue

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Re: Americans - do you get sick of celebrating?
« Reply #75 on: September 13, 2014, 10:50:17 AM »
IMO, the level of celebration is based on individual taste. I love holidays and I made them big for my kids. My X-DH, OTOH, was meh on any holiday. If I could afford it, I'd throw big parties several times a year, especially for Halloween.

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Re: Americans - do you get sick of celebrating?
« Reply #76 on: September 13, 2014, 02:01:47 PM »
Believe it or not, Canada has more holidays than the US. 

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Re: Americans - do you get sick of celebrating?
« Reply #77 on: September 13, 2014, 02:11:05 PM »
Believe it or not, Canada has more holidays than the US.

My parents celebrated Boxing Day. As a kid, I thought it was when you fought in a ring!  :)

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Re: Americans - do you get sick of celebrating?
« Reply #78 on: September 13, 2014, 02:24:13 PM »
Forget celebrations.  I want to have all the holidays off and vacation time my European coworkers did when I was stationed overseas.  We do not get enough time off work.  Deity forbid you take more than one of your vacation weeks at a time.  Well, we say "week", but it's really only five days, isn't it?  Most of us have ten vacation days a year, not really "two weeks".

I hear you! I had some international customers and it seemed like every time I turned around they had a "bank holiday" and they were taking 3 and 4 weeks of vacation at once. In fact, I think the union contract required that X number of vacation weeks be taken consecutively. Don't even get me started on maternity leave! An international colleague commented that she was having a hard time getting back in the swing after a one year mat leave and was seeking some ideas/ tips. Every American woman in the room so distracted by the mat leave, that the conversation completely derailed.

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Re: Americans - do you get sick of celebrating?
« Reply #79 on: September 13, 2014, 03:13:16 PM »
Forget celebrations.  I want to have all the holidays off and vacation time my European coworkers did when I was stationed overseas.  We do not get enough time off work.  Deity forbid you take more than one of your vacation weeks at a time.  Well, we say "week", but it's really only five days, isn't it?  Most of us have ten vacation days a year, not really "two weeks".

I hear you! I had some international customers and it seemed like every time I turned around they had a "bank holiday" and they were taking 3 and 4 weeks of vacation at once. In fact, I think the union contract required that X number of vacation weeks be taken consecutively. Don't even get me started on maternity leave! An international colleague commented that she was having a hard time getting back in the swing after a one year mat leave and was seeking some ideas/ tips. Every American woman in the room so distracted by the mat leave, that the conversation completely derailed.
My sister was expecting when our Mom died. I thought my Aunts and Uncles were going to storm her work. They were outraged at the limited time sis had off and that she was losing maternity leave time, because of taking off to deal with our Mother's death. (She had been hording PTO to add to the limited Maternity Leave.
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Re: Americans - do you get sick of celebrating?
« Reply #80 on: September 13, 2014, 03:16:43 PM »
As a teacher I have not had bereavement days. I have only had sick days I was allowed to use for funerals and other bereavement related issues.

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Re: Americans - do you get sick of celebrating?
« Reply #81 on: October 25, 2014, 06:48:52 PM »
Oh, and we all celebrate the Feast of St. Markdown's.  ;) i.e. discounted candy the day after pretty much any major holiday.

The next one is next week. ;)

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Re: Americans - do you get sick of celebrating?
« Reply #82 on: October 25, 2014, 06:52:27 PM »
I don't get sick of celebrating, but I'm still grumpy that my bday isn't one of the big parade and bbq holidays. It's a you must work for the state, feds, or the bank/post office to benefit holiday. Many holidays are magnified by kids, which I don't have or work with.

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Re: Americans - do you get sick of celebrating?
« Reply #83 on: October 25, 2014, 10:49:33 PM »
Some of these "celebrating" days are just another day off from work for me--if I'm lucky. My big holidays (meaning parties, Church, etc., etc.) are 7/4, Easter (I'm Catholic), Christmas and Thanksgiving. I never get sick of holidays because 1) I get a break from work, and 2) I get to be with my family. (The period between Presidents' Day (February) and Memorial Day feels so long because we don't get time off from work unless we request it.)

When I lived in Canada, we would get a lot more time off for some of the holidays than we would in the US.

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Re: Americans - do you get sick of celebrating?
« Reply #84 on: October 26, 2014, 11:37:34 AM »
I don't get sick of celebrating, but I'm still grumpy that my bday isn't one of the big parade and bbq holidays. It's a you must work for the state, feds, or the bank/post office to benefit holiday. Many holidays are magnified by kids, which I don't have or work with.

In my state, state workers do not get off federal holidays like Veteran's Day, President's Day, Columbus Day, etc. They don't even get off the day after Thanksgiving. When I worked at a bank 20 years ago, we didn't get those days either. Plus we were open Saturdays. At least we weren't open on Sundays like some other banks in my area.