So inconsiderate of people to do THIS

Some of our friends and relatives have gotten in the annoying habit of arranging birthday parties and other special occasions for Sunday afternoons.

This past week, my wife's sister in law invited us to her son's birthday party, which is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

It's easy to see why Sunday outings don't always sit well with everyone, let alone those that don't begin until the late afternoon.

Many people leave their errands for Sundays. Others consider it a "family day" to spend with their kids. Still others, like my wife and I, reserve Sundays for rest and relaxation. And then there are folks who go to sleep at 9 p.m. or earlier.

Of course, the main reason why people take issue with Sunday get-togethers is the fact that they have to go to work the next day.

If the party ends at 8 p.m., that leaves you with little time to do much once you get home. You might grab something to nosh on, shower, and watch a little TV, but before you know it, it'll be time to hit those sheets.

I understand that scheduling conflicts and shifting priorities sometimes prevent people from hosting events on Saturdays.

A fair compromise would be to plan it for early Sunday -- around noon or 1 p.m. That leaves people with ample time to do whatever else they have to do while the sun is still out.

It's no surprise that attendance to Sunday occasions tends to be lighter than that for social functions held on Saturdays or even Friday nights. Look around and you're bound to notice at least a couple of empty seats.

I'm far more inclined to be on hand for a gathering when I know I'll be off the next day. Even if the event lasts a little longer than expected, knowing you can rest the following day makes a world of a difference.

Do you agree? Do you find Sunday invitations to birthday parties and other occasions a drag?

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