Monday, February 7, 2011

"Chalk-flavoured candy and $30 roses", or "Why I hate Valentine's Day"

Yes, I said it.  I hate Valentine's Day.

I think everyone is entitled to one hated holiday, be it Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Arbor Day... whatever.    My hated holiday is Valentine's Day.

There are a lot of historical reasons for this, which I won't go into here.  Suffice to say, I've had a great big pile of really crappy Valentine's Days, from failed fondue nights to a guy who decided the best gift was a half-assed, last minute email, after making a big deal about how he loved to celebrate the holiday and thereby convincing me to make a big deal about it.

The other major part of the hate comes from how freaking commercial this holiday is.  It's the most ridiculous thing!  Flowers that I can normally get for about $10 suddenly skyrocket to $20, $30, or more!  Now don't get me wrong - I love flowers.  LOVE.  To the extent that I'll buy myself a bouquet every couple of weeks, just because they're pretty.  But from the middle of January until almost the end of February, I have to stop, because the prices shoot up like crazy.

And the candy!  I've never been a fan of cinnamon hearts, but they're everywhere.  And while I appreciate the cute idea of those little candy hearts with messages on them, most of them taste like chalk.  And the ones that don't?  They're twice the price of the chalk-flavoured ones.

In summary, I don't like Valentine's Day.  If I could avoid it, I would never celebrate it again.  Unfortunately, it's everywhere.  Excuse me while I go buy the expensive, non-chalk-flavoured message hearts.


Cowboy Joe said...

It's a commercialized day that has only little true meaning to the Saint whom it is named after.

And I totally agree with you on the costs of the flowers and chocolate. Dislike the doubling of the cost of a dozen roses.

Wonderful little holiday when one is in a relationship or even just in "love" but tedious when one is single.

Danielle said...

Even when I'm in a relationship, I can't stand it. If I feel like showing affection towards someone, I want it to be on my own terms, not because someone said I'm supposed to.

But that's just me being rebellious ;)

Stefaan said...

Hoorray i'm follower number 100! Tough it's the first time i visit your blog, i already love it.

Like Cowboy Joe says, i think Valentine's Day is very commercialized. That's the reason why me and my girlfriend don't give each other a present or something. It's the meaning that you love your partner the whole year and show that, and not on only one day.