With the completion of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, there has been a lot of talk about holidays around our house. Holidays in general were a popular topic in conversations with my 5-year-old son. One day we were discussing what holiday comes after New Year’s. You might say Valentine’s Day, but he said the Super Bowl. This especially warms my heart because I began planting this idea in his head last year.
Before you roll your eyes at this suggestion, let us think about it. I realize that the Super Bowl has lost its luster since the Bills haven’t been in it, but if you consider some core similarities, the idea might become more credible.
I begin with a couple of subtle similarities between Super Bowl Sunday and the traditional holidays. Start by looking at ads in the paper or listening to television commercials. In the weeks prior to the Super Bowl, stores run specials on frozen pizzas, chips and chili fixings. This is not unlike the specials that are run for turkey, ham and cranberry sauce. Post-New Year’s ads contain deals on storage containers, exercise equipment and tax preparation programs.
There are a couple of holidays that share traditions that revolve around clothes. A highlight of Easter is the purchase of the Easter outfit. Little girls parade around in their dresses with matching shoes, and little boys with their shirts and ties.
In our house, a tradition of Christmas is that we all go out and buy new pajamas. Who can forget buying our new playoff Bills T-shirt or sweatshirt? Along with our pair of Zubaz, this would be our Super Bowl outfit.
A friend once told me that the best holiday was Halloween. I remember his rationale included the fact that there is “no church and you get candy.” I quickly subscribed to this theory and applied it to Super Bowl Sunday. It certainly is less stressful than many holidays. There is no huge holiday meal to plan and prepare. Dinner is simple; you order from your favorite pizzeria and supplement with beer, chips or anything that contains cheese or bacon. Since the Super Bowl is on a Sunday, church might already be part of your day. There is no need to worry about attending an extra service.
Finally, there is no need to wrack your brain trying to figure out what to buy everybody as a Super Bowl present. The most stressful thing about Super Bowl Sunday is keeping track of your squares.
My last reasons to consider Super Bowl Sunday as a holiday revolve around Christmas. The first can best be described in the form of a question. If you were there for any of the four Buffalo Super Bowls, what similarities did they have with Christmas? There was a good chance somebody was crying or disappointed.
The second is my favorite, and the reason that I hope the Bills can turn the team around and get back to the playoffs next season. Everybody has heard the term “Christmas spirit.” I believe that there is a “Super Bowl spirit.” Monday mornings are much more pleasant after a Bills win.
There was an aura of happiness surrounding Super Bowl Sunday. I can remember being in a local restaurant during the Bills Super Bowl run and the popular farewell amongst strangers was, “Go Bills.”
Therefore, if holidays are occasions that bring us joy and happiness, shouldn’t that definition include Super Bowl Sunday?