February 23, 2014 Leave a comment
Let me start by admitting that I don’t hate romantic gestures. I don’t hate the idea of giving flowers or chocolates or little gifts to loved ones. I hate that all supreme romantic gestures seem relegated to one day a year and people feel obligated to do something like spend hundreds of dollars on an overpriced dinner, flowers, jewelry or cheesy stuffed animals. Those who don’t have a significant other feel pressured to find one or feel ostracized when the holiday comes around. I have never received a real Valentine (other than elementary school when we were forced to give out Valentines) or gone out on a date or anything like that… But I’ll try to separate my personal life aside and explain why I am, quite logically, Anti-Valentine’s Day.
1) Valentine’s Day originally had a different meaning and was the feast of a saint who was known for performing weddings to soldiers who were forbidden from marrying. This somehow transformed into the commercialized pink, red, and white holiday we have today.
2) Valentine’s Day was much more fun in elementary school. It was fun making Valentines and then giving the “cool” valentines to the people you liked. Plus, you got to have candy and cupcakes and fruit punch and you got to do a whole bunch of fun holiday activities rather than actual work.
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