This brings me to my other post on Valentines Day. I hate Valentines day, I hate the commercialization of any holiday really but Valentines is one that really gets my goat. This could trace back to my childhood days in which I was coerced to make Valentines for people whom, I didn't not know, and those of who I severely disliked. Even way back then I realized that you did not reward bad behavior with treats of sugar. Perhaps it was the time I received a particularly hard heart candy and chipped a tooth. Nothing says love like a emergency trip to the dentist for some excruciating pain.
It wasn't till later in life that I learned most holidays were based on pagan ceremonies/holidays. Saint Valentine is actually two people. It honors a Priest in Rome and the other a bishop of Interamna, one of which was beaten, stoned and then beheaded for marrying people against Roman wishes. Throw this in with a Graeco-Roman fertility holiday and you have the basis of what is now Valentines day. Some time later between there and here we get to a romance holiday; which started with a stoning and beating ironically enough.
I will give my wife a necklace for Valentines day and my children will also get a "non-candy" treat. This is because I know V-day means something to them. I will cross the ends of the world for them while on fire to make them happy. I will not do this for a commercialized holiday whose original purpose was to honor a Saint(s) whose ultimate sacrifice for the human race was death.
I really need a bah humbug statement for Valentines day