Home     Contact Us    
Main Board Job Seeker's Board Job Wanted Board Resume Bank Company Board Word Help Medquist New MTs Classifieds Offshore Concerns VR/Speech Recognition Tech Help Coding/Medical Billing
Gab Board Politics Comedy Stop Health Issues

Serving Over 20,000 US Medical Transcriptionists

I don't celebrate Hallmark holidays. If they forget...(nt)

Posted By: ...your birthday then you should complain. on 2006-05-15
In Reply to: My mother's day - chopped liver

Complete Discussion Below: marks the location of current message within thread

The messages you are viewing are archived/old.
To view latest messages and participate in discussions, select the boards given in left menu

Other related messages found in our database

Izzy was in a Hallmark movie also
It was a sweet story, catch it if you can....She was also in something else that I can't think of right now... a movie.. I'll think of it sooner or later...
Mother's Day is not a Hallmark holiday (sm)

First, thank you to everyone for your thoughts on my kids. I am feeling pretty down today. I think it's compounded by the fact that I really feel the only person in my life who has really thought that I was just the greatest was my dad, and I lost him back in October. I sure miss having someone around who just in his own quiet way lets you know that you are loved.

So, anyway, I thought about the Hallmark holiday comment below, and while you would probably think Mother's Day was one of those (I guess I did), it actually is not. I thought what I found on the holiday was interesting so thought I'd share it with you.

Origin of Mother's Day

In the times of the ancient Greeks, Rhea, the Mother of the Gods, was honored with a special festival. In seventeenth century England, "Mothering Sunday," celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent, honored England's mothers.

Jumping across the ocean, the first observation of a Mother's Day in the United States took place in 1872 when Julia Ward Howe, social reformer and poet who penned the words to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," suggested a day to honor mothers. This day, which she felt should be dedicated to peace, was celebrated by gatherings that she organized and held in Boston. This tradition spread, and was later organized in other areas of the country as well.

In 1907, Anna Jarvis took Howe's idea a step further and began to campaign for a nationally recognized Mother's Day. In the late nineteenth century, Jarvis's own mother had tried to establish "Mother's Friendship Days" as a way to heal the scars of the Civil War. Persuading her mother's church in Grafton, to celebrate Mother's Day on the anniversary of Jarvis's mother's death - the second Sunday in May - our Mother's Day holiday as it is now celebrated was born. Jarvis also began the tradition of wearing a carnation in honor or memory of our mothers - a coloured carnation if your mother is still living, a white one if she is deceased.

Jarvis's push to make Mother's Day a national event involved letter writing to ministers, politicians and businessmen. By 1911, Mother's Day was being celebrated in almost every state in the country. On 9th of May 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made the official proclamation that Mother's Day would be a national holiday to be celebrated annually on the second Sunday in May.

Mother's Day is still celebrated around the world at various times throughout the year. There are some countries, such as Finland, Denmark and Australia that do observe the holiday on the second Sunday in May. 

E-cards are free from Hallmark (sm)
And they have a lot to choose from: funny, sappy, holidays, birthdays, whatever. I love to e-mail my friends e-cards and I love to get them too. Go to the Hallmark website and click on e-cards. You could send them to her daily or weekly or whatever.

I also think it will just take time for your sister to adjust. I think you are wonderful to care the way you do and have the concern that you have. She is very lucky to have a sister like you.
Glad I'm not the only anti-Hallmark holiday (sm)
one here. Our family-created rituals are so much more satisfying.
hallmark.com is free. Big selection of b'day cards. NM
Why even answer if you don't celebrate?
I think you owe the OP an apology for that outburst. She even said "for those who do" and didn't seem to be ASSUMING anything. Easter is far from a "Hallmark" holiday. It has deep spiritual and religious meaning to those of us who believe in Christ as our savior and it's very offensive when you say it is celebrated only for the benefit of American manufacturers. On the contrary, I think there are precious few American manufacturers who will stand up for anything Christian these days, even if it is their personal belief.

Sounds like you are jaded and I think that's sad. If you do not believe in Easter, why not just ignore the post? She has a right to her beliefs and she has a right to post them, same as you. If you posted pagan information or whatever it is you believe in (since you are PaganMT, I figure it's pagan beliefs), I would just skip over that post and not even read it since that is not my belief. Why couldn't you do the same for her? Perhaps you are not so sure about your own beliefs and that's why you become so defensive. You also appear to know very little about Easter and why it is celebrated other than for eggs and bunnies so perhaps you should look into the true meaning of Easter before you speak again on the subject.
Merry Christmas (or whatever you may celebrate)!!!!

I'm a Christian, I don't celebrate Halloween but
I do have a harvest carnival for my friends kids. They love it and every year it's bigger than the year before. 
I don't celebrate and/or believe in Kwanza, Hanukkah, Ramadan, etc.
just not tolerate enough to let "a minority" stop me from celebrating my religious holidays!
This is a U.S. holiday so the ESLs don't normally celebrate it at home anyway, so
that is why there are so many working on holidays IMO.
Spanish, French do celebrate Christmas in USA
Middle Eastern Arabic people do not celebrate Christmas nor the Jewish people (and Chanukah comes early 12/3 this year so they should be working.  Russian Christmas is in January.  The Hispanic community as well as the French communities here in the USA, as I know it, certainly do celebrate Christmas.  Happy Holidays To All....
Any good ideas to celebrate 50th Birthday
A friend and co-worker turns 50 next Tuesday and we are planning a 1950s celebration here at work.We are gonna dress in poodle skirts and jeans and t-shirts, etc., but I'm looking for something else... maybe a unique poem..or any unique ideas?  Anybody have any tips?  TIA!
well time to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas...
and please dont get me wrong... i know these times are hard for everyone and i hope your work picks up or you find a job that helps... but regarding the holidays... so many of us (myself included) have made this a buy buy buy holiday. I'm been so upset this year because I have bought barely ANY gifts but I simply cannot afford them. So then I realized, it is time for family and togetherness, as generic as that sounds... life is short... it's not about "things" it's about people. And I'm not super religious, but this is a good video below.
good luck on work!
As an IC, can the company require you to work Thanksgiving and Christmas, I though IC set their own schedule?
You would rather ruin their holiday than to tell what this man has done, I don't understand.  Do you really want your mother married to a man like this?  Your excused for putting your head in the sand and ignoring this situation I cannot comprehend.  If you had daughters and their stepfather was doing this to them would you not want to know? 
Alone on the holidays
I spend most of my holidays alone. Since I'm divorced, and kids are grown and married they have to divide time between Mom, Dad, and in-laws (some in-laws are married, some are divorced). It just makes it all easier. I have Christmas with my kids a week before, or a week after, the important thing is we ALL respect each other's space.

I won't say its always easy being alone, but its ok. Sometimes I have the big "dinner" with my best friends family, sometimes not. Several times, I've thought about cooking the whole meal and inviting a homeless family or something, but so far, haven't done that (visitors traumatize my dogs, they rule the roost here).

One way or another, Thanksgiving and Christmas are about giving thanks in my book, we don't all have to sit in one room for that to happen. Also, its a good time to reflect and get to watch what you want on TV!!

One way or the other, I hope you (and anyone else who's alone for the holidays) find happiness and peace.

If you want turkey/ham and the fixin's, give me a call!! LOL
To alone for the holidays

If you mean COMPLETELY alone, there are probably some things you could do - and I don't mean transcribing!!!  Does your area have a meal for the homeless where you could volunteer?  What about at a nursing home, or maybe a childrens' hospital, or a hospice.  Check and see if you could bring baked goods, and spend time with people who don't have a choice about being alone.  Giving of yourself will make you feel great!

Every business has rules about working holidays. If you are an employee, you have to follow the rules to keep the peace. Face it - we are medical workers, and hospitals and some offices like urgent cares stay open. I have put in many holiday hours myself, but usually the manager was flexible and could allow a few people to work 4 hours on either Christmas or Thanksgiving. You take turns. Now I work for an outpatient radiology office, and we close for holidays. With my sister in town, I was able to take off Wed, Thurs, Fri, and then the office was closed on Monday for Christmas. It's my first ever real Christmas vacation from work since 1983.
I've worked many of them for years and still do; in fact, now I volunteer for it. I'm second shift, which makes it easier all the way around, and it's and no big deal. I just get through my shift and tell myself it's just another night, which, frankly, it is. I know I'm truly not missing out on much of anything at this stage of my life and frankly, for holidays like xmass, I actually welcome having to go home and work my shift to get away from family, ha-ha. For my sake, the relatives fix it so we can all have a meal together, then I just go on home. Those nights are usually slow, but you do get through them.
Me too. Plus, sometimes those holidays are
very interesting. Unfortunately for the people who are sick or the accidents that happen, but Thanksgiving and Christmas are the ones where the trauma notes and regular notes seem more interesting. Anyway, for me, it is a good way to get away and tune out the loudness and extremeness of the holiday. Too much food, too much noise. Put the head phones on and either veg (waiting for reports) or type and make money.
Anyone getting "Hung For The Holidays?"
U know, by American Idol's bad singer William Hung?
me too! as if the holidays aren't
stressfull enough, throw in the slap in the face thing called a pay check to ice the cake! I'm looking for other avenues to take....
Happy holidays to you all! :)
Over-commercialized like the other holidays. sm
A lot of guys hate to shop and feel pressured into doing so.  Don't know what to buy, etc.  Then, there are always other women who brag about what they got just to stress out everyone else.  If he buys a card, fine.  If not, big deal.
What other companies actually pay for holidays?

It seems that Keystrokes or Webmedx does, or is it someone else.

I do know that are some who pay for holidays.  Can someone help out on this question, please.

I work holidays and I am an IC
dont blame it on that

I take my job very seriously and worked all Thanksgiving week, the day of, the day after, and will work all Christmas week, the night before, the day of, the night after, ETc etc etc

I value my job and I do a good job, it just sucks that there is no loyalty or respect for that from some companies.
We rotate holidays among all the
I used to work all holidays but came
up with an idea that has worked for several years now. Even though I am on an account with only one other person, I was stuck with all the holidays. I now work Thanksgiving and have Christmas off. All the other holidays we take turns rotating. Good luck to you!
the holidays and working extra
... it happens every year, people want extra money for the holidays and so everyone is working a little bit extra and in the end, we run out of work.  AND THEN we sit around during our own shifts waiting for work to file in.
I can understand the Happy Holidays (sm)
If an individual wants to say Merry Christmas because that's their holiday, then I can understand that. However, I also understand sales people saying Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. In the case of retailers, I think they're simply trying to be inclusive rather than exclusive or politically correct. After all, there are many gifts being bought in the stores for the other holidays, too.

You said something to the effect of after all, it IS, Christmas. Yes and no. It is Christmas AND Hanukkah AND Kwanzaa and others. When people try to claim the entire holiday season as theirs, that only creates problems. I think one of the issues non-Christian folks take with this is the arrogance, the attitude that it IS Christmas and I'm going to cram it down your throat whether you like it or not, so there!

It is silly to me that employers of private businesses are telling their people they can't have a "Christmas" party or whatever. If they insist on calling it that, though, I think they should be ready to also have a Hanukkah party and a party for employees of any other religion that wish to have one.
Chrismukwanzika? *lol* but happy holidays nm

May 2006 bring you nothing but plentiful work, easy dictators and lots 'o money! Thanx for listening 2 me this year!

Well, we have to "volunteer" for 3 holidays a year
I would rather be off, but at least my kids are grown now, so it's not so bad.  When they were little, I would not work a holiday, but things were different back then.  Oh, well at least it's time and a half. 
Slow for me this a.m., too. Happy Holidays !
Holidays and days-off are there for a reason.
Even the strongest-work-ethic people need a rest and a break, in order to not burn out. This is true in all professions, so why should MT be different? The reason we work weekends & holidays, never taking a break, is because MTSOs DO NOT PAY ENOUGH.
Are you getting extra for weekend work and holidays.
Yup. Sun-Thurs. I do the Monday holidays. It's fine with me.
Yes, holidays are notoriously stress-inducing
I'm the opposite of you; I have 4 brothers, no sisters. Guess who does 95% of the cooking and prep? Not that I mind really, but I guess it would be nice if someone actually VOLUNTEERED to do a little more without being asked. Last year my husband and I did all the cleanup after the meal while my sister-in-law parked her fat butt on the couch. One jerk brother and his equally insensitive wife are not invited 'cause they treat all of us poorly, including my elderly mother to whom he owes a substantial amount of money (talk about some bad karma...long story). So, yes, one's baggage and anxieties seem to come bubbling to the surface at this time of year...why else would suicide rates be at their highest during the holidays? My advice is to concentrate on what you are grateful for and focus less on the negativity....that's all I have found I can do personally. You might offer to help with something and ease someone else's stress a bit. Just try to smile and be a compassionate brother/son/whatever.
If everybody in the office got off for the Jewish holidays, there would be no reason SM
for this person not to get the day off too. You're splitting hairs here because you're intolerant of another person's beliefs.
Merry Christmas not Happy Holidays. :)
Thank you Sheri.

I want to work at your cmopany!
I got a nice message saying happy holidays sm
and be sure your account TAT is still met even though the office is closed. Such wonderful folks!
Happy Holidays to you, too, RadGuy, and all the readers here! nm
Do any ICs with their own accounts charge extra for holidays?
I always volunteer to work holidays, weekends, etc. because my husband is off
so he can watch the kids while I earn incentive and holiday pay.  Plus, I'm the one who has to cover so the childless women can go on cruises with their latest boyfriends or husbands, or they didn't show up for work because they met a guy at a bar and have the bottle flu.  Oh, poor you.  Life's unfair.  Suck it up and get over yourself.
I don't agree. The decision to pay for holidays should not be based on money alone. sm
If it is, perhaps you need to look at the prices that you are charging.

If you decide to pay a higher than average line rate to make up for benefits, don't say that they do unless they really do.

I make a good living as an MTSO and hate to see whiners make us all look bad.

Time to rethink this business. We need to make our companies places that people want to work, not places that everyone complains about. If we all did that, this field would be much better off all the way around.

My boss routinely gets drunk during holidays and fires
everyone. She needs a membership to AA so she can get off the beer.
TransHealth has separate PTO, holidays and sick time. nm
Geesh! What's up with you people who refuse to work holidays?
Don't you think people get sick, have accidents, etc on holidays too? What about the doctors and nurses that have to work holidays? Did you forget about them too?

How about police officers, firemen, paramedics...

Do you think you are the ONLY people out there with family and would like to spend time with them during holidays? We would all love to do that but this chosen career requires some sacrifices.

If you can't give a little you should have never started doing this kind of work.
Work some holidays - don't really mind during the winter months, but
when summer rolls around, I am at the beach on the holidays and do not work them. As an IC, we get nothing extra as far as $$ just the extra work.

Can't complain - have plenty of work all of the time.
Ask about working the holidays. Recruiter led me to believe it would be their choice and not mine,
Absolutely. It's a real job, benefits, vacation, holidays. Go girl! NM