All the bitterness surrounding valentines day really really cheeses me off. I don't mind people not doing anything on valentines day, thats fine and personal, its the bitterness about it all that gets to me
A) valentines day is nothing new and f all to do with Hallmark
B) if you don't want to join mass consumerism don't buy cheap tat and cards from Clinton Cards, be a bit more inventive with your gifts
C) of course love and romance is something that shouldn't take place simply on one day of the year but as far as I'm concerned any excuse to grab a nice meal out with my husband is gratefully received or do something extra nice together or for each other is great
D) romantic gestures should of course be year round, but for many people romance IS lacking from their daily life, work, lack of finances, children, lack of child care, tiredness, mundane hundrum of daily life all get in the way for many people, its just a fact. So its nice to be prompted, to be given an occasion to remind you that there is more to life sometimes. You may well be the kind of person enjoying romantic meals regularly throughout the year and exchanging romantic gifts and gestures, and thats fabulous and you're role models for all of us I'm sure, but its not the case for many people for whom real life gets in the way and romance takes a back seat
E) I don't remember ever being bitter about it when I was single, I don't understand why you would be? I was single most of my adult life until I met my husband at 28, if my single mates were about we got together, if they weren't I stayed in, I certainly wasn't sat at home spitting and crying into my ready meal for one.
From my post you might assume I'm someone who goes all out on Valentines Day to make it special. You'd be wrong, I might get my husband a card, and a pair of silk boxers from the tie rack, we might not do anything, we just try to get a nice meal out sometime around valentines day, usually not on the day because I don't like the set menus that all restaurants only seem to offer on Valentines Day.
I just hate the way, year after year, in real life and on the internet, what is a nice day for many people is pounced upon by a billion killjoys all keen to proclaim how deeply romantic they are all year round and insinuating how stupid people are who do like to partake in it because all they are doing is adding to some kind of mass consumerism.
Yet many of the same fuckers don't have a problem with celebrating the relgious holiday of Christmas, buying cards, presents, wrapping paper and the mass consumerism of that occasion.
Phew, rant over!