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Yet another Valentines Day.

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  • Center Left
    Independent
    Charlotte, NC
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    Valentines day... When I think of Valentines day, the first thing that comes to mind is 'extra money', for what I consider to be no substantial reason at all. Every year the stores and television get absolutely flooded with pink/red, chocolate, and diamond products to catch my other half's eye and leave me in another anxious state of what to get her. No one can disagree, this holiday has nothing at all to do with men. Except for one thing, if the man does not deliver on this day, he will most likely pay for it. Don't get me wrong, I love getting her gifts and little things here and there to make her smile, but not forcefully by society. I feel this (like most things) is a push in the direction to give up your hard earned money, to come up with a more extravagant plan than the next guy to prove you are in-fact better than him. Americans collectively spent around a billion dollars on chocolate last year for valentines day...Chocolate. Not to mention how much was spent other attached gifts like necklaces, teddy bears, flowers, expensive dinners, perfume, etc, etc. All in all this is my opinion. Whats yours?
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    ..."'extra money'"... Well...yeah. Like Christmas, Halloween, Easter and plenty of others. Money makes the world go around.

    Don't you want to plunk down $99.99 plus S&H for a 4 foot tall Vermont Teddy Bear? Or 5 bucks for a card that will be looked at for 15 seconds and then stuffed away in a drawer and never seen again. Expensive chocolates? Over priced flowers that won't last a week?

    It's all about money and it gets worse every year.

    ..."the stores and television get flooded"... that's called capitalism, and if nobody bought this stuff it would go away and fast. They do buy so it won't go away. But nobody forces anyone to buy any of that stuff, do they? Well yeah, there's wife/girlfriend on husband/boyfriend pressure.

    There's no reason to get excited or let it bother you, because it's not going to stop. Like the weather, we can complain but that's about it.

    Remember there's only about 315 shoplifting days left until Christmas, the Mother of all Holidays. So if you think Valentines Day is bad just wail till September or October when Christmas gets here...
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    Valentine's Day: (sigh) Some people get so busy with work & golf, & planning their IRA, that they forget to take their "love" very seriously, and Valentine's Day comes along & forces them to realize how lucky they are to have someone they love & who loves them. It should be the simplest thing in the world, but somehow in a hi-tech society, the simple things can go astray.

    It is possible to celebrate without going broke. A $10 bouquet from Wal-Mart can say "I love you" just as well as a few dozen roses from a High-End Dept store. You can get a tiny box of chocolates for about $5 too, along with the cute little bouquet. (That is actually much better for the girl trying to stay on her Diet).

    Also, it feels so good to give a valentine gift to a friend who is alone, or is in a wheelchair, or just had an operation, or is in a nursing home. It gives you a huge infusion of energy just to do something to make someone else happy. Yes, doing something nice for others is very heart warming, & actually can heal YOUR own heart. Other ideas include a DVD, perfume, jewelry, or a theater ticket. Or maybe a trip to your local Zoo.

    Here is a funky idea: Give her a snowball, & inside it is a box with a heart-shaped locket. With your own picture inside.

    Go to an animal shelter (together) & buy your Love: their favorite type of dog/ cat/ bird/ fish.

    Make heart-shaped cookies, & put 2 of them together with strawberry jam in the middle.

    Well, enough of that stuff. -- I wonder: can I knit a red sweater, before the end of the day?
  • Independent
    Widefield, CO
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    EF, a few months ago there was a group in Norway that sheared a sheep, spun the wool, and knitted a sweater in about 8.5 hours. Since you are buying the yarn instead of making it yourself, sure, you can do it.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    The history of St. Valentine is pretty bloody, it seems the then current Roman Emperor Claudis III decided that single soldiers fight better and were more disciplined then married ,so he banned marriages , a priest , named Valentine , believing the marriage was a Sacrament of God, not preventable by any emperor performed them any way, he was imprisoned and eventually beheaded for violating the Emperor's edict. Sometime in the 5 century the Pope ( Gellius I) declared Feb 14th as the day celebrate his martydom . Now since so little of those marriages were based on romance but rather on political and economical reasons must have pissed off a lot of families hoping to bond their families , I wonder when the current mode of romance was associated with this particular day.
  • Liberal
    Independent
    Durham, NH
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    When the candy, greeting card and flower industries realized there was a buck to be made - that's when.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    pr Wrote: When the candy, greeting card and flower industries realized there was a buck to be made - that's when.


    That sounds about right!
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    For some of us men, we have learned what does not constitute a "Gift". Even in humor, a "Gift", can contribute to angry looks and don't even think of romance. We learn by our mistakes and our loved ones do forgive ............in time.

    Take Note Men!

    Do not give the following gifts: SKILLET...........and a JUMP ROPE.

    I've done it and paid a price in the dog house. Have a Happy Valentines Day.




  • Center Left
    Independent
    Charlotte, NC
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    Skillet and a jump rope eh? Nice.
  • Center Left
    Independent
    Central, FL
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    My wife and I are giving each other new bathrooms and a new kitchen. After 30+ years some gifts last longer. I assure you, chocolates, flowers, even diamonds would have cost me less.
  • Liberal
    Independent
    Durham, NH
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    I chose to support the greeting card and restaurant industry while my wife preferred to make her own card and give me chocolate.
  • Independent
    Plymouth, WI
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    If it was just this day that corporations brain washed us to buy something, I guess I would agree with the author of this thread, but since it is not the only day, I agree with Eternal Flame. Yes the day can cost, but look what would happen if you spent way less money on a vehicle and didn't buy your wife a big O gas sucking 4 wheeler suv, she would think you wanted her dead in a ditch thanks to corporate propaganda. I'm glad my wife hasn't been this educated on vehicles, but I am willing to bet the majority's wives have, I know this is fact, look what they all drive.