The B2B Beat Wishes a You a Restful December 25th
December 25, 2016
In the Western World, December 25 has long been a day of celebration and of rest. In observation of Christmas Day, businesses (with the exception of hotel and hospitals and airports) are closed. Government offices are shut down. Even the most dedicated entrepreneurs take the day off, often at the insistence of their mothers. Or their children.
So throughout the past two Millennia, December 25 has typically been an uneventful day. Nonetheless, on rare occasions, historical events have, of course, occurred on Christmas Day. Here are some examples:
- 352 First day that Christmas was definitely celebrated on December 25
- 800 Charlemagne is crowned Holy Roman Emperor
- 1066 William the Conqueror is crowned King of England
- 1492 Christopher Columbus’ flagship, the Santa Maria, sinks off Hispaniola
- 1651 A fine is instituted by the Massachusetts General Court for observing Christmas
- 1776 George Washington crosses the Delaware River, and the surprise attack scores a much-needed victory for the Continental Army
- 1868 U.S. President Andrew Johnson pardons all Confederates
- 1914 A famed Christmas truce occurs between German and British soldiers during World War I
- 1968 U.S. Apollo 8 spacecraft orbits the moon, and astronauts deliver a Christmas Eve message back to earth
- 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev officially resigns as Soviet Secretary General
So, while noting that it’s possible that history-making events can occur on December 25, we offer our wishes that this day may be uneventful for you — and we mean that in the best possible way. The B2B Beat suggests using this downtime to rest up. That’s because, for marketers, 2017 is shaping up to be a year full of challenges and opportunities. You’re going to need your energy to tackle what’s on the way in the coming year.
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