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When I was a kid, I thought Labor Day was a day when women went into labor. You see, these are the crazy things that a six-year-old girl thinks after observing her mother's pregnancy and experiencing the addition of her baby brother to the family. I heard the term "labor" a lot, and I knew what it meant, so naturally, Labor Day was related to giving birth.
My parents had probably forgotten how observant children were until they saw me breastfeeding my Cabbage Patch doll while watching TV one night -- an over-the-shoulder baby blanket for privacy included. (God bless them for praising my observations instead of laughing at me... Maybe they shared a laugh in private. I would have if I was them!)
According to the United States Department of Labor, the first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882, in New York City to celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers. Other states accepted the Labor Day holiday over the next two years, and on June 23, 1884, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. (Source)
Clearly, babies have nothing to do with the holiday. However, it does involve a day off from work for we Americans, so cheers to that! Enjoy your Labor Day sans labor (unless you actually do deliver a baby today)! I'm going to be getting my yoga on since it's National Free Day of Yoga!