Charles Petzold

St. Monday

September 24, 2007
New York, N.Y.

I've been reading Ben Willson's The Making of Victorian Values: Decency and Dissent in Britain, 1789-1837 and encountered the following passage describing a custom in this era:

The "remaining five" working days include Saturday, of course. Saturday only became a day off in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But I suspect St. Monday is still celebrated somewhat by people who prefer a smoother and less jarring entrance into the work week.