I think that the epitome of common sense! One would only wish that modern society was just as practical. I for one would like to have those holidays in the summer. Winter SUCKS for both stay at home and travel. I'd much rather work through December and January but have time off in the summer or early fall when the weather is great and the garden needs a lot of love! I think we need to have a choice when to take those 2 days off to get a break (I am sure skiiers don't mind winter break)!!! unfortunately, my employer took in the other direction and took our former floater and added it to Christmas. (Sigh). Great, one more day of enforced staring out of the window at the frozen land. Or paying overinflated prices and dealing with delays that eat away hours of holiday time.Fairly early on (in the 4th century A.D. if I recall correctly), the date of Christmas was moved to coincide with that time of year and with existing festivals. A sensible move, I guess. For it certainly makes sense to have a big party around that time if you're in the Northern hemisphere, for the reasons already mentioned. I guess in Australasia the festival has been rather detached from all that. There, it floats free not anchored into the movement of the Earth and night and day and suchlike.