The holiday season has just begun, but I am already anticipating the start of the Eternal Gloom. Many aspects contribute to this Eternal Gloom. First, unless you work in banking or the government, the next official holiday after New Year's Day is Memorial Day in May. The holiday season is always fantastic because you can take whole weeks off with only a couple of days of vacation. Even if you are working, it is difficult to get a full day in because there are so many other people on vacation. And there is a lot of free candy lying around.

But after New Year's Day, it is five full months with no free day off. That is one of the reasons we take the day after the Super Bowl off at my firm. After so much time off, it is hard to get back in the game for four weeks in a row. Eternal Gloom also means that the good weather of the spring and summer is approximately five months away. Being stuck inside with the kids who are about to completely burst out of the house is no treat.

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