Haven't written much lately. I have been a little busy with some contract work and with this once-a-year requirement to actually go to a store and buy things. And not even things for myself!
People spend more time buying gifts and putting up decorations and writing cards at Christmas than one gets back in vacation time. At Thanksgiving , one has to spend a lot of time preparing food. Other holidays need one to buy cards or fireworks or candy or costumes. It's interesting that, despite the name, Labour Day is one of the few holidays that one doesn't need to spend any effort preparing for it.