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Shall we boycott Valentine's Day?

  1. sallybea profile image97
    sallybeaposted 2 years ago

    Shall we boycott Valentine's Day?

    Should romance really be confined to one day in the year!

    Surely we don't need to be reminded by commerce each year to buy a rose, or a card for our partner?   I think a weed plucked from the verge and presented when I am least expecting it is a far more romantic notion, what say you?


  2. janshares profile image96
    jansharesposted 2 years ago

    No, I don't think we should boycott Valentine's Day. However, I do agree it's become too commercialized, creating unnecessary pressure and stress for couples and partners. The high expectations take away from the fun and romance. I agree with your point about the plucked weed. So sweet.
    It's really not a bad thing to have one day of the year acknowledging and honoring love and romance. I also agree that regular expressions of love throughout the year is very important, even better if done spontaneously. But having a special day to honor love does not have to preclude us from creating romance any day of the year. Why can't we do both? Valentine's Day does not have to minimize love expressions for the rest of the year.
    I think the statement, "Valentine's Day is too commercial and confined to one day"  distracts from what really might be going on, i.e., marital or relationship problems, loneliness, financial strains, unresolved hurt or betrayal, feeling unloved and unappreciated, or just plain old being overwhelmed with one more thing to do.
    I think we should keep celebrating Valentine's Day, sallybea, and take away the negative connotations that have been placed on it by the high expectations we place on our partners and how commercialism influences that. As Earth, Wind, and Fire said, it's "All About Love."

    1. sallybea profile image97
      sallybeaposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Perfectly said, I could not have said it better except to say that Valentine's day precludes many people who are not in a relationship, making them feel inadequate and under unnecessary pressure, quite sad really.

    2. janshares profile image96
      jansharesposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      You are right about that, sallybea. The hype of the day can make single people feel excluded and alone.

  3. peachpurple profile image83
    peachpurpleposted 2 years ago

    nope, once a year is ok for me because i never had any valentines day gift from hubby after married, so no difference for me

    1. sallybea profile image97
      sallybeaposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Awww, I sympathise.

    2. Eldercurk profile image82
      Eldercurkposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Well the idea is good, however, the world entertains it and its origins, so the world loves tradition.

    3. sallybea profile image97
      sallybeaposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I am afraid so, so let us just do nice things for our Partners everyday instead of once a year.

  4. chef-de-jour profile image96
    chef-de-jourposted 2 years ago

    I think many folk do inadvertently boycott Valentine's Day by steering clear of all the hype and commercialisation that goes with it. This doesn't mean that people who consciously avoid sending a card or flowers or chocolates (including myself) aren't romantic, it just means that they can see through the superficial veneer of commerce and don't want themselves and their beloved partners to become victims of cheesy, corny, marketing ploys!!

    In the supermarket yesterday people were having to squeeze past great piles of chocs and whatnot as they made their way towards the checkouts. Then huge bouquets of flowers took over the surfaces where baskets and items were supposed to go. Talk about in yer face!

    Perhaps we could introduce the anti-Valentine's Day for those individuals who would rather their relationships be measured by non-commercial means....that would include plucked weeds, spoken poetry and cups of tea at a simple table.

    1. sallybea profile image97
      sallybeaposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Agreed except to say that I received a very pretty bunch of yellow tulips this morning, where even a single daisy would have been just as gratefully receive on any day of the week.
      Now we can look forward to Mother's day!.

  5. easylearningweb profile image92
    easylearningwebposted 2 years ago

    No, I love Valentine's Day.  It's the one and only holiday that celebrates love. It's  as simple as that. If on that day we are reminded to give someone an extra hug, piece of chocolate, or a beautiful flower, it can only do good because  Love makes the world around. It's one of my favorite holidays. :-) !

    1. sallybea profile image97
      sallybeaposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      A great response in favor of Valentine's Day, spreading the love - good for you, especially said the way you said it.