Thursday, February 5, 2009

Love, Friendship, and Consumerism





So I looked it up, and V-day is basically every other holiday; in that it was one of those ancient Romans-slaughter-animals-y
oung-virgins-things. The church comes along and “saint-ifies” it, picking (probably) good ‘ole Valentine, who illegally married young couples and got beheaded for it.

Then along came Hallmark.

Not Hallmark specifically, but cards/chocolates/flowers/etc. I just saw a commercial; “…everything you NEED to show your love” We all know V-day has been commercialized, but what is pathetic is when you see the how companies are trying to tap into the friendship market…telling us it’s ok to NOT have that “special someone”. Face it. St. Valentine (the most probable one) MARRIED young LOVERS. But since on any given Valentine’s day, a large percent on the population remains unattached, that leaves a very large group of people potentially with no drive for consumerism. (besides, I must admit, those of us who say “oh look, CANDY!! CHOCALATE!! Time to load up…” or those of us who feel depressed and sorry for ourselves and buy it to feed our loveless depression)

So now friendship has become candy-worthy. I am not knocking this. I have friends that I love, just not in the “St. Valentine-I-will-help-you-get-married-if-you-don’t-tell-the-emperor” kind. If I did, they would be my sig. other, not just my friend. (true, I could feel that way about someone, but as long as I don’t tell them, the point is moot)

Now you can potentially spend money on red foil and chocolate love for everyone. Yum!!

I suppose that this “friend inclusion clause” in the Valentine bylaws is so amusing to me because of all our other holidays:

  • St. Patrick’s Day…wear green/pinching—fun for all!

  • Easter…(us) Christians=Jesus, the rest of you can hunt eggs/poke the Easter Bunny

  • 4th of July…ditto, wear red/white/blue

  • Labor Day…don’t go to work

  • Halloween…dress up or do the “All Saints Day” thing, your pick

  • Thanksgiving…kill a turkey and say thank you (vegetarians…um…just say thanks)

  • Christmas…(us) Christians celebrate Jesus’ birth, and anyone can kill a tree and give other people stuff, and say thank you when YOU get stuff



What does one notice? Well, there are options for all! V-day however is primarily for “lovers”. It would be like having Mother’s Day roll around, and your mother had died. Or maybe, you never had a mother. Quite the quandary really.

So, I will give my roomies chocolates and conversation hearts while I munch on the “leftovers” while I try to remember which of the two reasons I had for buying the candy in the first place.

2 comments:

Boots and Saddles 4 Mel said...

Umm....how would one not have a mother? I'm very confused. Man+??????=baby......mmmm.....

redgirl said...

ha. ha. Mother used in the way of the personal relationship, not that you were one of her gene receptacals. :)