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Is Valentines Day necessary?

February 13, 2012

After my interview with the Times Colonist for a story about Valentines day I have been wondering, is Valentines redundant?  Who still celebrates (willingly) Valentines Day? 

There are a few ideas of how Valentines day got its start.  Neither seem very romantic to me.  One is a commemoration of the death or buriel of St. Valentine.  Another idea is an effort by the church to Christianize the pagen festival of Lupercalia.  Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman God of agriculture.  How cupid got involved, I am not sure, I have to do more research. 🙂

Either way, Valentines Day seems a bit over the top to me.  Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge romantic!  I don’t like the idea of my husband buying me roses or chocolates because he feels he has to on this one day though.  I prefer the spontaneity of a random gift or flowers, not an expectation based on retailers telling him he has to.  I think that is much more romantic.  Of course, if you are single, Valentines day can be a good day or a bad day.  I think we could really do without this day. 

Any thoughts?  Do you enjoy Valentines Day?  What are your expectations?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2012 8:14 pm

    Love should be demonstrated daily beginning with self love. I’m sure most look forward to Valentine’s Day, but I don’t want my husband feeling obligated to shower me with gifts for one day.

    I love myself enough to know that I’m worthy of more than flowers and chocolates only on Feb. 14th.

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