everyone who pushes it can go to the deepest level of hell with St. Valentine himself. Seriously I got so sick of the advertisements leading up to this hallmark holiday especially those of the diamond industry. Pushing so hard for people to go out and spend a ton of money on gifts for a day that business decided to make important for the sake of making more money. Whats worse is that the idea has been completely morphed from its original ideal as a day to give cards anonymously to those you care for. How the hell did cards and candy become over priced rose bouquets and diamond jewelry? I saw at least one diamond commercial per commercial break watching television in the week leading up to Valentines day.
Origin of Valentines day
As most people know Valentines day is associated with some poor priest from Roman times known as Valentinus who in "Saintly" fashion was put to death for his Christian beliefs. Apparently he performed some miracle for the daughter of the jailer that led to his becoming a saint and then somehow to us being required to buy expensive diamond crap for one another thats been dug out of a mountain by small child in South Africa.(funny how things work out) Well anyhow a millennium later western Europeans started giving each other cards that said "From Your Valentine" because this Saint gave a card with those words to the girl for whom he performed the miracle. This tradition kept on until present day except now days we of course spend a ton of money on flowers and jewelry instead of giving cards.
Back off Valentines Day
Checking my Myspace bulletins I saw a ton of single people bulletins where people were feeling lonely over being single on Valentines day or pressure on what to get for their significant other. Why? Most likely because we have Valentines day activities pushed down our throats by commercials and advertising everywhere. I even noticed for the first time that Google had placed ads with Valentines day colors and graphics where their standard Adsense ads are placed. To boost the viewability of those ads and bring more attention to it.(Valentines day online sales up 22 percent). Its not even a real holiday its just some thing that European Christians did as small fun with cards NOT a day where everyone broke themselves trying to get an expensive gifts for others or feeling bad over being single.