Holidays: Better on Monday

In an older and simpler time, holidays were days appointed for holy or secular celebration. In the time of the six-day week, nobody cared much what particular day they fell on. The emphasis was on the patriotic speeches, perhaps the parade through town, and a welcome day off from work. Now, with the five-day week and the superhighway, the happiest holidays are those that happen to fall on a Monday or Friday, thus providing a three-day weekend. As any ski enthusiast or beach fancier can testify, there is a lot of difference...