Valentine's Day is a commercial circus and should be banned

January 27, 2009 5:34pm CST
I am romantic - very romantic and I am in a wonderful, loving relationship. However, I believe that every day is special when you are in love and I do not need to be told when and how to celebrate how I feel. Valentines day is so commercial that it cheapens love and pressures people into expressing sentiments on a certain day regardless of how they truly feel. For single people it is a horrible time because it seems the world is full of couples, happy couples and makes them feel inadequate for being single. More rows happen on valentines day than any other day in the year because peoples expectations are never lived up to. Many are on the look out for the next big gesture or a way to show their love in a bigger, better and more unique way than the next lover and it all becomes a circus with only the gift and card companies and overpriced florists being the real winners. I urge you to boycott valentines day and celebrate your love spintaneously throughout the year - not in a restaurant full of carbon copy couples. This way your love for each other is more genuine and it will certainly cost less.
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6 responses
@MrNiceGuy (4148)
• United States
28 Jan 09
So are every other holiday... Why care? At least you only have to buy presents for one person on Valentines Day
• United States
28 Jan 09
I like valentines day. They won't ever ban it. And if they did I would continue to celebrate it even though some people won't. It's a chance where you get to go out with your boyfriend to dinner and apreciate him. Love always every day but on valentines day it's very special too just like every other day.
@ulalume (714)
• United States
28 Jan 09
I agree with you. I don't fully understand the "holiday." There is no way to avoid it. I dont want to seem like a cheap guy by avoiding it, however things on this day just don't seem very special. Not that it is all bad, but so many people are going out of their way to celebrate "love" that the real "love" bond couples have seems to dissolve for a day. While I do think it is a circus and completely commercial (..IT IS ANNOYING AS HECK), I do not mind expressing my feelings on this day as they are true. Just like love itself, this day has gives and takes.
@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
28 Jan 09
I think the focus of Valentine's Day should change from just being about romance. My partner and I are not romantic, well he isn't. LOL He doesn't do a thing for Valentine's Day for me. I do however do crafts and decorate the house with my children. I buy each of them a small box of chocolates and they do the valentine's day cards. I do a nice meal where everything is pink or red. Last year I made a huge heart cookie, heart meatless meatloaf, and pink drinks. It is a fun day to express love to my family. It doesn't cost much at all and it breaks up the everyday routine. I agree that we should show love every day, but I see nothing wrong with doing something a bit more one day a year, not more money, but more fun. If you are going out spending lots of money and stuff, then that is silly. I wouldn't want my partner to go out and spend $50 on roses, or get a $500 bracelet. But enjoying the evening together with the kids and I is nice without breaking the bank.
• Malaysia
28 Jan 09
Emmm!!!...nice suggestion with new design of thought during this period of economy recession. Great idea to be implemented as saving attitude comes first and everybody now seems to starts thinking about the financial value in interest earnings while negotiating with the current interest bearing in one's life cashflow. Your last two (2) words for "cost less", really caught my attention and attracted my eyeballs to observe in-depth and delve into your discussion contents. Yes, it's true to enjoy with the real value of love while couple do talking about money saving for their future life marriage. Having said, the projection cashflow in their marriage life.
@grammasnook (1877)
• United States
28 Jan 09
Oh my goodness every day is commercialized it is whether you fall into it or not. If you and your significant other decides not to celebrate it then fine do not do it. On valentines day my husband will make a special dinner he will make me a card from the heart, it is all what you make it but boycotting it come on that is going to far. Businesses are trying to make money and survive if you choose to do it you can it is not a requirement, this is the same with all holidays.