Yesterday I ran an informal statistical survey about the importance/legitimacy of Valentines day.
My results were somewhat shocking.
Not one person polled was in support of the holiday.
I asked a wide demographic of people, but stayed mainly with my age range. I polled married people, single people, people in long term relationships, people who date around and all were opposed to the holiday.
One person said, "I'm not really into obligation, and that's all the Valentines Day is"
I replied, "If it feels like an obligation to show someone you love them then you're probably with the wrong person."
Everyone said it was just a holiday invented by hallmark and the 1-800-flowers to suck money out of the public. They said it was dumb and built up too much. They commented that no one should need a specific day to show someone you love them.
On their first two points, I may marginally agree. The holiday is perhaps blown a bit out of proportion.
To the last one I raise my right eyebrow, tilt my head and wonder, "true, but do you actually show someone how much you care everyday?"
I'd bet the answer is no.
I know I don't tell the ear doctor how much I care about him as often as I think about it. I don't tell my roommates how much I appreciate it when they ask my how my day was and honestly care about the response. I don't send my friends all over the country the letters they deserve to keep in touch.
So what is so wrong with having a designated world-wide day to show people that you care.
It's a lot better than letting the time slip by assuming they know.