That's not the case in Germany. The number of religious holidays in Germany varies by state -- but all states have two Christmas holidays off (December 25t and 26th), Good Friday, Easter Monday, and Whitmonday. Of course we have more secular holidays, too.
I think Walter is using the term "holiday" to mean vacation time. Vacation time for Americans has been shrinking steadily over the years and work time has increased. In Europe it is the opposite.