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Though my Italian-American grandparents would be dismayed to hear this, I really don’t care about Columbus Day. Sure it’s nice to have a long weekend in October, (especially one that usually corresponds nicely with my birthday) but it’s not a big must have. Now that our daughter is smack dab in her preschool prime, the day I really need off is Halloween.
You see, our Halloween festivities are extensive. It starts in the morning with a dress-up-day at our three-year-old’s school, followed by a town-wide Main street costume parade and ending late after trick-or-treating in our very enthusiastic neighborhood. My husband, a photojournalist, takes portraits of all the mini-witches and superheroes that come a-knockin’ at our door. We’re so busy we need to import a support team to help out.
I know several other working moms who, like me, feel the need to ask for Halloween off. And, just like my daughter’s deep and complete belief in Santa Claus, I know her passion for this holiday will not last -- and I don’t want to miss one sugar-overloaded second of it.
Angela Matusik is Chief Content Executive at iVillage. Follow her on Twitter @angelamatusik