Valentines day is used as a day to treat your significant other, a special holiday set up by retailers to spend money on pointless rubbish for your partner. Although I’m not opposed to treating my partner (something I love doing) I just don’t see why we need an entire day dedicated to it. I’d rather surprise my partner with things instead of giving him exactly what he expects and when he expects it.
Although Valentines Day may have been a romantic and thoughtful day in the past, I now find it to be commercial and overbearing. I appreciate that at some point not everyone had access to all the things we do today and needed a day as an excuse to visit their loved one, but now we have so much technology at our hands and well, everything we could possibly need and want 24/7 so there isn’t really a need for one day as you should treat your partner throughout the year to show them how much you care.
The thing that gets me is the lack of originality in it all. Women get bits of cardboard with hearts on them and a rose to represent someone’s love for them, when in reality they would probably prefer a different flower and a pizza (just me? Pizza is life…). People think it’s sweet when they’re bought pre-made gifts when I’d rather have a gift or gift basket made personally by my partner. It would mean so much more to me.
Men and women get praised for spending £5 on a teddy bear for their other halves when in reality all they’re doing is exactly what the rest of the world is doing. They are doing what retail shops want us to do and conforming to the pressure society has put on us to abide by the unspoken rules of the day. The truth is that if you treat your partner well the rest of the year, they won’t even notice you missed Valentines Day.
With all of this being said, I do think that my partner and I will be celebrating Valentines Day, but mostly because there are good deals on fine food around the day and we will be taking advantage of that, just like we will take advantage of the cheap chocolate after Easter.
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