Romance doesn’t need a holiday

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    Every year, on Feb. 14, dozens of roses are purchased, boxes of chocolate are delivered, and restaurants are packed with lovebirds.

    Three-foot teddy bears convey a message of love and compassion, but also the fact that someone spent a ridiculous amount of money on something the recipient probably doesn’t want as a permanent fixture in their home.

    The next morning there is no difference in our lives except a $100 dent in our checking accounts.

    Valentine’s Day is a sham. The meaning of the holiday has been distorted by advertising and materialism that influence millions of Americans to spend hundreds of dollars on gifts each year.

    Once a day of purely and simply expressed affection? Its very nature today shows how superficial the culture we live in has become.

    In fact, Valentine’s Day has become the most superficial holiday in the world. Millions of lovers (or stalkers) spend millions of dollars on store-bought cards, candy, jewelry, flowers and lingerie.

    The holiday is a gold mine for the chocolate, floral and jewelry companies that earn huge profits in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day. It is truly difficult to perceive the essence of romance amongst all the spending and profit.

    At least the winter holidays (which are the only holidays that can beat Valentine’s Day in the spending department) have a deeper significance concerning family and religion.

    The idea of dipping into my savings account to buy shallow gifts doesn’t resemble romance in my opinion. I carry the thought that if a person was truly in love, they could do without one pointless holiday filled with nothing more than overpriced chocolate candy, withering flowers or “beyond my pay grade” gold jewelry. But, that’s just my opinion.