Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday Morning Madness #5: Valentine's Day: Romantic or Commercial

Valentine's Day is nearly upon us, which means the floral shops will be working overtime and the department stores will be flooded with men trying to buy their loved ones a last minute gift. Don’t expect to get your mail early that day as I’m sure the postal workers will be overloaded with Valentine’s Day cards to deliver.

The majority of people probably think Valentine’s Day was created by Hallmark, but it was actually based on an early Christian saint named Valentinus. He was imprisoned for preaching to Christians and for marrying soldiers who were forbidden to marry. It was rumored that he healed the daughter of a jailer. When he died he left a final message “from your Valentine” to her.

Since all my relationships are doomed to begin with, I always spend my Valentine’s Day alone, not unless you count trading cards back in elementary school. Every year the room mothers would have a little party. The students (including me) would bring a homemade valentine’s box, which the best box would get a prize. Each kid would go around and drop a valentine into the box. It didn’t matter if you didn’t like that person as your mother would make you give a valentine to everybody, even the teacher.

Even though I’m a guy, I wouldn’t mind getting a valentine from a loved one or even a gift. A woman receives candy, stuffed bears, and jewelry. So I think men would want to receive jewelry, candy, cologne, or some other thoughtful gift. Mens Tungsten wedding bands would also be a great gift for men. Some men's rings just need an overhaul. After many years, some wedding bands are full of scratches and appear dull in color. I know that women like to get ring upgrades, why shouldn't men be able to do the same thing?

I like planning ahead, therefore I bought my Valentine’s Day cards as soon as they come out, which I send to my grandmother, my aunt, and a few friends. Yes, I do think Valentine’s Day has become more commercial over the years, but I do think that Saint Valentinus’ original message is still being said.


  1. My husband hates getting gifts. He gets so mad at me. But I hope you have a good valentines day.

  2. V-day is definitely commercial - but then again, so is every holiday. It is nice to have something done for you though, regardless of whatever day it is.

  3. As a guy who's lived through 35 Valentine's, it would definitely be nice to get something for a change. Anything, doesn't even have to be expensive, just something thoughtful, like a pendant necklace for men or a watch.


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