Is Valentine's Day a Real Holiday?

Kim Conte
Food & Party
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A blogger for NJ.com writes that she is sick and tired of Valentine's Day, and wonders if it's because she's married, has children, and—most important—is broke. (Can't say that I blame her: If I see one more cooing "He Went to Jared's!" commercial, I think I'm going to puke...)

The blogger finds this holiday so irritating that she poses the question to her readers: Is Valentine's Day a "Hallmark" holiday? In other words, whereas other holidays commemorate a religious or cultural event, is Valentine's Day just an excuse to spend money on overpriced flowers and jewelry? According to this author, Valentine's Day belongs in the "manufactured holiday" category along with Sweetest Day and Grandparents' Day (except I love Grandparents' Day!). However, at the end of the article she mentions how she was touched when her daughter made her a Valentine's Day photo frame one year, so maybe she's really a softie at heart.

Mr. Cafe Kim and I made a deal a long time ago not to observe Valentine's Day in our house—we focus more on birthdays and anniversaries. But once in a while I'm jealous when friends of mine tell me about their romantic Valentine's Day plans.

What do you think? Do you think Valentine's Day is an opportunity to show the people in your life how much you love them? Or is it just another excuse to spend money (which we don't have)?


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