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Valentine's Day - the penny-pulling holiday.

I often wonder about Valentine’s Day being a legitimate holiday, or whether it’s just an excuse to empty everyone’s wallets and purses to boost profit.

The cost of love? © Wikimedia Commons

Not to be a kill joy or anything, but I took some time out to think about Valentine’s Day and what it means to people nowadays. Most responses that I got were along the lines of “treating that special someone with gifts”, or “spoiling your other half”. Fair enough, like who doesn’t like presents? But no one mentioned showing their other half how much they actually loved them, but instead the gifts they were going to give one another.

It’s no secret that Valentine’s Day is simply a commercialised holiday; it’s an excuse to squeeze all the money out of you, buying things that you could get for your other half on any other day. But because it’s ‘Valentine’s Day’ there is more of an obligation to spend bucket loads and prove to other people that you can spoil your other half better than anybody else. Only to then complain about how much you are spending. Logic?

Surely a much simpler approach could be used instead? For example planning an evening where you don’t feel obliged to spend loads of money to impress your other half. There’s other ways to impress without making your bank account suffer. Maybe plan a romantic night in, go to the cinema, or just devote the day to one another? I don’t know I’m no expert, but it just seems like the logical thing to do.

My perfect evening in all honesty would be to stick on a film (or two or three), order a massive take away and just enjoy being in each other’s company. What’s your take on it?