Monday, December 26, 2011

Keep Christmas on Sunday?

This year Christmas fell on a Sunday. People are divided over whether that is a good or a bad thing. There are lots of kids who would rather avoid Sunday Christmases because they have to wait until after church to open presents. On the other hand, plenty of working folks like getting the holiday on the day after Christmas, so that they have a travel day. And the long weekend is nice, too!

But how would you feel if Christmas always fell on a Sunday? There is a team of scientists who have worked out a new calendar, which makes each year identical to the one before it:
“Our plan offers a stable calendar that is absolutely identical from year to year and which allows the permanent, rational planning of annual activities, from school to work holidays,” says Henry, who is also director of the Maryland Space Grant Consortium. “Think about how much time and effort are expended each year in redesigning the calendar of every single organization in the world and it becomes obvious that our calendar would make life much simpler and would have noteworthy benefits.”
Among the practical advantages would be the convenience afforded by birthdays and holidays (as well as work holidays) falling on the same day of the week every year. But the economic benefits are even more profound, according to Hanke, an expert in international economics, including monetary policy.
Intrigued? Find more info at The Henry Foundation!