In my opinion, Valentine’s Day is an absolute non-sense holiday. For starters, you don’t get the day off of school or work, so it’s not even a real holiday in my book. Secondly, the only reason why you have to buy cards, candy, flowers and bs overpriced gifts is because companies and retailers say that you have to, so now it’s expected. Valentine’s Day has created an element of materialism associated with love. There are better ways to share love and smarter ways to spend your money.
Guys, we can start by being better partners year-round. Ladies, stop thinking that flowers and an overcrowded restaurant with a prix-fixe menu makes a relationship any more valid. And while you’re at it, start being a better partner year-round too.
The problem with Valentine’s Day, like many other American occasions, has grown from being a celebration that once aspired to some meaning, to being a bogus, materialistic extravaganza.
Think about how much pressure there is to participate:
- Practically, every schoolchild, is expected to make or send cards to their classmates or bring treats to class.
- Some single women feel so left out on Valentine’s Day that they’ve been known to send flowers to themselves, so they won’t look like losers.
- And don’t assume couples are happier: For many, Valentine’s Day is a yearly excuse to have a nasty fight, with partners feeling unloved …because they didn’t get a stuffed bear or some candy. What? Gimme a break!
What makes this ritual even more puzzling is that Valentine’s Day doesn’t even have a good story!
Even if you wanted to argue the history of Valentine’s Day, its filled with mystery. According to the stories, a couple of early Christian martyrs (both named Valentine) might have died for love, a priest secretly married lovers in defiance of a Roman emperor’s decree and supposedly was executed for it. Somehow, about 1,700 years later, we’re stuck spending tons of money on predetermined displays of “romance.”
Basically, even though we know nothing about old St. Valentine, we all go around spending our hard-earned money just to say “I love you.” Everybody is caught up in the material things that can accompany relationships, and that ain’t right, think of alternative ways to express your love this year!