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Valentine's Day seems a tad commercial

Valentine's Day seems a tad commercial

February 12, 2008|By DACRUZ NORBERTO / Pulse Correspondent

It's official; buying the traditional box of chocolates, dozen roses, and having a romantic evening is now a Valentine's Day joke.

More and more individuals are caught up in the commercialized part of Valentine's Day of buying the most expensive gifts, which completely defeats the purpose. While women try to uncover what their man has planned for them on Valentine's Day, the poor men have to dream up an extremely romantic way of expressing their love. Valentine's Day has become so commercialized that people everywhere have forgotten the true meaning of the holiday celebration.

First of all, what happened to expressing love, not on just Valentine's Day, but on every day of the year? I didn't think that you express all your love for someone on just one day. Now I'm not saying I know what love is, but from what I'm hearing from people who supposedly know what it is, "there is nothing like it and no way to express it in words or gifts."

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Last time I checked, the true meaning of Valentine's Day was to express true love and feeling for a person, which honestly doesn't require the purchase of ridiculously expensive gifts like jewelry, electronics and cars.

Partial blame can be put on retailers for tricking consumers into thinking that love is measured in the gift that you buy; however, blame can be put on the people who are so easily influenced by commercials. No, "every kiss does not begin with Kay" - it begins with two people. And inanimate electronics cannot be described with sexual adjectives like the "seductive" blackjack phone; that's a bit much. Didn't your mama tell you not to believe everything you hear?

Secondly, what's the point of buying an extremely expensive gift for one day out of the year when there are more important holidays and celebrations like a birthday and Christmas? People need to quit encouraging the pointless holiday because, like other major holidays, it's a gimmick to scam people out of money that could go towards something worthwhile.

Thirdly, any baboon can go out and buy a gift. It must not have occurred to people that when buying jewelry or electronics that are supposed to be sentimental and express how much you love that person, other people are going to buy the same gift. How is that gift supposed to be so sentimental if other people are buying the same gift for their boyfriend/husband or girlfriend/wife?

What's wrong with being creative? If you're going to celebrate the holiday, then at least do it with some authenticity. The whole purpose of Valentine's Day was to celebrate love for someone with creativity.

Why pressure your partner into buying you a gift because it allegedly measures "the relationship"? Isn't there enough pressure in a relationship as it is? It can be a real challenge buying a gift every year and having to out-do yourself every year.

Instead of pressuring your partner to exchange gifts, exchange your love by just spending time with one another.

Say goodbye to Cupid and boycott commercialism in Valentine's Day; celebrate it for true love!

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