Problems with Presidents’ Day

I’m not a big fan of Presidents’ Day.  I recognize it as a compromise for giving kids off twice, once for Washington and once for Lincoln but the idea of lumping the 44 of them together is unappetizing.  On top of this, a day to celebrate the office of the president absolutely smacks of royalty.  Our government purports to be meritocratic and democratic and not all holders of the office deserve recognition.  Jefferson and Buchanan occupied the same office but are not in the same league.  I was airing my grievances against the holiday as a friend of a tenant listened politely:

Her:  Presidents’ Day to me mean I get to make my mom’s American Flag cake in winter rather than waiting for the 4th. *Shows cake carrier* We’re having it with dinner.

Suddenly I’m largely ok with Presidents’ Day.