How many of us actually know why we celebrate Valentine’s Day; besides a holiday for Hallmark and Hersey to turn a profit?
Saint Valentine’s Day is an annual holiday held on February 14th celebrating love and affection between intimate companions. The holiday is named after one (or more) early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD.
While the actual day was created to honor Christian martyrs, the meaning behind it is almost respectable; a day to celebrate love and affection, the problem is the day we actually celebrate.
“It is a common opinion that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to Christianize celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia, and that a commemorative feast was established in 496 by Pope Gelasius I, of those “… whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose acts are known only to God,” among whom was Valentine, was set for the useful day. Alternatively, William M. Green argues that the Catholic Church could not abolish the deeply rooted Lupercalia festival, so the church set aside a day to honor the Virgin Mary.” – Wikipedia.org
The Christian religion has never been about “loving everyone”; it’s always been about destroying other religions and beliefs.
With all of that aside, what Valentine’s Day has become has nothing to do with any religion, nor does it have to do with love…it has to do with money and guilt.
For example – if your wife works with a group of women and everyone gets flowers but her, you are looked at as a bad husband. It’s mostly a holiday geared towards men trying to impress their wife’s friends based on the amount of money that was spent. Valentine’s Day is one big cliché – women get flowers and candy and perhaps a card that was written by a professional greeting card writer; there is no thought or true meaning behind the gifts.
What is romantic about guilt tripping a man into sending meaningless gifts on a certain day that every other man is doing the same damn thing?
There isn’t really a lot to say about it- it’s another bullshit holiday that has been highly over commercialized.
The wife and I won’t really be doing anything different tomorrow- I’ll wake up next to her and snuggle for a few and tell her how gorgeous and amazing she is and how much I love her. We’ll eat dinner together, watch some TV, talk about our day and then head to bed to snuggle some more and I’ll fall asleep with my arm over her and then wake up and roll over…then the alarm will go off and we’ll do it all over again.
This weekend, we’ll probably go shopping or watch movies/TV shows together, straighten up the house, maybe go out to eat or cook something amazing- spend Sunday making a new Sharketo recipe.
Valentine’s Day may be special for folks in new relationships or little girls who want to “one up” their co-workers but we are adults who are building and spending an amazing life together.
If you choose to do specific things on February 14th that you normally don’t do every other day of the year, is it really a day of “love” or just heart shaped bullshit?
Love, Peace and Sharkyness