02/14/2005: More Valentine's curmudgeonry
Heidi Bond has a good post on regarding what's wrong with Valentine's Day:
I don't have an inherent problem with people showing affection by giving gifts. But when the expectation is that today, you will show affection by giving gifts, you end up having a day that's less about affection and more about expectation. Valentines Day, at its worst, turns into a competition -- who can make whose friends greener with envy. "He must really love me, because he arranged this really elaborate meal," someone thinks. "I can't wait to tell Louise. I bet Harold didn't do anything this nice."
I'd like to add that this applies to the other Hallmark Holidays as well. And Christmas.
On the other hand, anything that pisses off the Saudi religious establishment can't be all bad.
My wife and I have a "no Valentine's Day" clause in the agreement. (Which, believe it or not, was her idea, not mine.) But I couldn't resist printing out an I Choo-Choo-Choose You Valentine on the inkjet printer. That's all the Valentine's celebrating I'll be doing this year.
Brock on 02.14.05 @ 06:25 PM CST