Personal Holidays

What words are you using today? For a significant portion of the world, the frenzy of Valentine’s Day has arrived. In some countries, Saudi Arabia for one, all Valentine paraphernalia is banned. I’m curious, do we really need Valentine’s Day?

Other than giving Hallmark a reason to exist, what do we accomplish on Valentine’s Day that couldn’t be said or done any other day of the year? How and when could we say the things we normally reserve for holidays throughout the year? Do we really believe that Thanksgiving is the only time of year to show gratitude?

Once again, we put words and actions into categories, pulling them out at “appropriate” times. What’s stopping us from telling and showing people we love them every day of the year? What makes Valentine’s Day better than any other?

What would happen if we started picking our own holidays? Other than making retailers freak out, aren’t there times in your life that celebrating certain events would be more convenient than others?

Today’s post has been a bunch of questions that I’m not sure have any answers. My Valentine to you today is one of thought: do you really need a calendar to loosen your tongue to let the people in your life know your care?



4 Responses to “Personal Holidays”

  1. February 14, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    omein. i’m kicking myself for not getting a post published last week .. i’m purposely not doing it today and guess it’ll have to wait until next week. *sigh*

    my mother is part of a hallmark rewards club or something. it drives me crazy and I don’t understand it at all. Perhaps this next postal hike will curtail her habit…

  2. 2 Britt
    February 14, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    @penny: whenever I get a card, I try to visualize the thought process that the person went through to determine it was the perfect one for me 🙂

  3. February 19, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Since Valentine’s Day isn’t an official one, but just a commercial and sentimental one, no one is really forcing it on anyone. (What are we gonna do, uninvent it?)

    That said, though I’m not a hugely sentimental person, I do like the idea of Valentine’s Day a lot, and I think it serves a very important purpose. There are those who say Valentine’s Day is trite and redundant — if a relationship is really strong, “every day should be Valentine’s Day”, they say.

    Bull sh-t. I think they’re missing the point. Valentine’s Day is the day where all that supposed sentiment and passion — stated or unstated — comes to a head. You have to either put up or shut up. Sh-t or get off the pot, as they say.

  4. 4 Britt
    February 19, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    @ Joe T. : I’m still wondering why we need a specific day, particularly a day that revolves around spending money. I too like the IDEA of Valentine’s Day, I’m just not crazy about its EXECUTION.

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