By Colleen O'Connor
Perhaps you are you are still “under the weather” from the rain, the elections, the flu, too many political tweets, or too many holiday meals!
Or just depressed that the “great” United States has yet to elect a woman President. Don’t be.
Here are three reasons to get over the funk.
Little Women’s Christmas
Friday is “Little Christmas,” or the Feast of the Epiphany. More commonly known as the 12th day of Christmas when the Three Wise Men brought gifts gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the new born Christ child.
In Ireland, it is also known as “Women’s Little Christmas.” Seriously, it has been celebrated as such in Ireland for eons.
Correctly spelt (if not pronounced) in Gaelic, “Nollaig na mBan,” the holiday is a special “day off” for women to rest after the laborious holiday housework and cooking.
It is similar to the American “girls night out.” As one Irish paper commented, “God rested after seven days. Irish women have to wait 12 days.”
Today, men in Ireland (and Puerto Rico) take care of the household chores, the children, the washing, etc. The women are allowed to visit the pub (a-once-upon-a-time taboo) and drink and eat until the wee hours with other women friends.
So, go out and celebrate with a Guinness, wine and cheese, or just a movie. Surely, American women can join in this harmless tradition.
Hillary Clinton’s Popular Vote Victory
The backlash from Hillary Clinton’s victory in the popular vote (almost more than 3 million over Donald Trump), alongside her loss of the Presidency via the Electoral College, has caused some ill will and charges of a “rigged” and “hacked” election.
However, the response of the victorious Republicans (who will soon control all branches of government) has sent them into something of a meltdown.
Their first mistake—wanting to gut the Ethics Commission—was summarily tweet-dumped by Trump. Their next mistake (probably going to suffer the same fate) is insisting that Planned Parenthood be defunded as part of the Obamacare repeal.
How many trench-warfare fights can Trump “tweet-down” before he slips up, too?
Get out the popcorn, the first 100 days will be a real donnybrook—inside and out of the GOP ranks.
Clinton for New York City Mayor
Clinton is not in jail, has yet to be indicted, pardoned or buried. In fact, the latest news is a possible draft effort to get her elected as Mayor of New York City.
It would be an easy win if she decides to accept the draft. She defeated Trump by a wide margin in the city, and was the Senator from New York. No way the incumbent, Bill de Blasio can beat Clinton:
“She is wildly popular among New Yorkers — so much so that were she to file, de Blasio would have to file his retirement papers on the same day,” according to Newsmax.
“She just carried the Big Apple, winning 79 percent of the vote against its hometown boy Donald Trump. She also carried the city in two Senate landslides.”
Imagine Clinton taking on Trump from the financial center of the world. What a show. What a showdown.
So, salute Women’s Little Christmas. Put your feet up. Enjoy the day. There are guaranteed fireworks ahead.
And take down your tree, wreath and ornaments today. To have done so any earlier is considered “bad luck.”
Colleen O’Connor is a native San Diegan and a retired college professor.
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