Valentine’s Day is a Hoax

Where those involved in a relationship must spend money they don't have to throw away on items that die or generally add inches to the waistline... all in the name of love!

Valentine's Day is a Hoax

Valentine's Day is a Hoax

I have always thought that Valentine’s Day was a hoax! No more than a Hallmark Holiday designed for the American consumer to spend money on greeting cards and frivilous gifts. No, Hallmark is not alone in this conspiracy theory, chocolatiers, florists and the inventor of satin boxer shorts are all in on the scheme!

I am not Catholic, so I did some research on Saint Valentine and found there were at least three celebrated martyred Saints named Valentine or Valentinus. I always thought Valentine’s Day was named after Rudolph Valentino. He was the sex symbol in the early 1920’s known as the Latin Lover and gets no credit whatsoever for the holiday!

I grew up in public schools where boxes of Valentines were a required purchase each year and then individually addressed to everyone in my class, including my teacher. All of the pretty girls got extra cards or especially fancy Valentines from those carrying crushes. Some had candy, some did not. From the time I was six years old, I wanted to skip that day of school.

Held on February 14, this holiday celebrates love and affection among couples, and causes depression and often heavy alcohol consumption in those who are single. According to Wikipedia, the holiday was originally established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, but it wasn’t associated with romantic love until the Middle Ages.

Now though, it is a day of guilt. Where those involved in a relationship must spend money they don’t have to throw away on items that die or generally add inches to the waistline… all in the name of love!

The Valentine, a written expression, has been traced back to the 1400’s, though it likely lacked hearts and cupids.

Around 1600 Shakespeare penned the following:

“To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
Then up he rose, and donn’d his clothes,
And dupp’d the chamber-door;
Let in the maid, that out a maid
Never departed more.”

-William Shakespeare , Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5

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3 Comments

  1. Hal_Burns

    Guilt, Love, Romance, Sex or simply looking for a date, this is the day that businesses who cater to the art of Love cash in on. I had a friend once who owned a florist shop, this was always the week from hell for them, but they rubbed their aching muscles all the way to the bank. What am I doing on this special day? I will tell my wife how special she is to me and I will fix breakfast.

  2. tommylee

    Valentine's day is not a hoax, yet I agree with you Judie that is currently designed around spending money on roses, candy boxes and gifts, dinners and other unnecessary almost forced purchases. There are other ways without spending any additional money beyond what we spend in a day on our daily needs to give the day a special touch. A stroll in the park or along the coastline (if you're near one), holding hands or being shoulder to shoulder with some more affection. No talking necessary just enjoying each other's company while enjoying nature and some fresh air. Turn off the phone and the TV and listen together to so great music at home and maybe a home cooked meal enjoyed in candle light. Even going to a vendor market and just stroll along and a little visit to the museum or rare book store. Just musing and taking in the togetherness by doing something for yourselves can make the day exceptional and much more valued than a box of candy.

    BTW this does not have to be limited to February 14, but it makes a good start to celebrate your life and happiness for something that is taken for granted by most couples.

  3. publisher_sa

    I once got married on February 15th just to make a statement. However it didn't work out either. Do you realize that Shakespeare must have had a mother and father who should have told him to shut up where it came to romance. MacBeth and Othello are much more his style. Oh I wished I just had some Peterbrook chocolate this morning and some more heat in the day for a beach walk. Life would be okay. I'll leave the guilt to those who've forgotten the Beatles song “Can't Buy Me Love”. That was poetry.

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