September 18, 2012
The Meridian school district chopped 3 days off Christmas break this year—I guess they’re trying to make up for having such a short year last year (although those lesson plans have come and gone, folks—it’s not like you can actually get the time back). At least one person is taking it very ill. She wrote a letter to the paper, from which I quote:
Have you heard Meridian Joint School District No. 2 doesn’t plan to provide a single vacation day before Christmas Eve this year? Not a single day for shopping with family for loved ones. Not a single day for baking cookies and sweets for neighbors. Not a single day’s vacation for any special Christmas preparations or longstanding family traditions. Has some radical anti-Christmas zealotry taken hold within the district office? Are they trying to depress the economy by limiting Christmas sales and limit the time available for district patrons to enjoy Christmas shopping? Are they trying to depress spirits by limiting their patrons’ time for Christmas caroling and holiday community service?
It goes on. But here’s the thing: the kids go through Friday, Dec. 21st. That leaves them, if I’m not mistaken, the night of the 21st for caroling and the 22nd and the 23rd to shop, bake, etc. before Christmas Eve. In 2011 the schools went through Dec. 20th, and in 2010 they got the 20th and 21st off—adding a whopping total of two days, maximum, for their carousing. I think I actually remember going through Dec. 23rd one year in high school. So it’s disappointing, but hardly a conspiracy.
And as for depressing the economy: call me old-fashioned, but I was under the impression that the kids were at the age where receiving, not giving, is the order of the day; and nobody’s stopping their parents and grandparents from shopping.
On the plus side, due no doubt to her concern for the economy, the writer didn’t gripe that Christmas has become too commercial and that everyone is missing the reason for the season. That’s a refreshing change.