Prepare your good selves for a rant on why I hate Valentines Day. This might be an unpopular opinion because once February is looming, the internet becomes a buzz of Valentines activity.
While we’re on the subject, I’m also not a fan of certain aspects of Christmas. Call me a scrooge all you like. But first, I’ll explain why.
Valentines Day and so many other holidays, Christmas included, seem to revolve almost exclusively these days around a period of enforced gifting. I’m not against giving gifts at all. What riles me is the commercial way in which it’s all handled.
Giving a gift to someone you love should be a heartfelt expression of feeling. Waiting to do it on a specific day of the year just seems to defy the point to me. I don’t need to be told when or how to dote on my wife. Likewise for my son or any other one of my family and friends.
Pressure to be in a Relationship
If you’re not involved with someone, I think you have even more right that I to hate Valentines Day. Depression and even suicide rates increase around this period in February according to research.
Loneliness ends up being at the forefront of people’s minds. Especially when our society seems hell bent on telling them there’s nothing worse than being alone on this one special day!
It puts unfair pressure on parents, families and couples to spend even if they can’t afford it. You’ve only got to look at the vast uptick in credit taken out around Christmas to see what I mean.
Spending on credit reached such an astronomical level last Chrimbo that the Bank of England felt the need to warn people! The expectation that we should all spend vast amounts of money at certain points in the year is ridiculous.
I Hate Valentines Day – So There
In conclusion, I don’t need the corporate machine to tell me when to treat my wife. I’ll do so whenever I feel like it, thank you.