I hate Valentine’s Day…and I’m a woman!
There I said it…and I bet many of you are breathing a sigh of relief, nodding your heads in agreement. Valentine’s Day is nothing more than a commercial money grab, a perverted holiday marketed by the greetings card companies that leaves most of us feeling lonely or inadequate.
It’s my second worst day of the year after New Year’s Eve. But at least Hogmanay is an excuse to get completely smashed and sob your heart out with others, singing about years gone by and drowning your sorrows with a whiskey and a god awful rendition of Auld Lang Syne as the clock strikes midnight.
On Valentine’s Day, however, the pressure is on to be that sweet, demure well-behaved love goddess who makes an appearance once every 12 months before reverting back to that normal foul-mouthed, badass trouble-making babe by mid-morning on 15th Feb.
If it wasn’t bad enough before (and it was), the bar has been raised further in this era of Instagram and Facebook. That endless competition for the most Insta-worthy gifts is so incessant, it has forced my daughter and her mates to come offline until it’s over.
And, of course, everything is so over-priced. Restaurants charge more (because they can) and the service is never as good as the rest of the year. We’re crammed in with other fake couples staring gooey eyed at each other, pretending they weren’t there, or arguing over him banging her best mate, or whose turn it is to unload the dishwasher later on.
It’s a shallow, rootless, artificial holiday; the facade is all romance but the reality is all capitalism. It’s a billion-pound industry. People in relationships buy each other expensive gifts, and single people buy themselves Haagen Daaz and a bottle of Malbec to commiserate (or secretly celebrate) singledom.
Okay, cynical rant over. Still, on the upside, my excitement for Pancake Day is starting to build.
I shall leave you with these gorgeous heart shaped sparkly personal alarms. If you do still have to purchase something for your loved ones this Valentine’s, you might as well make it something useful.
And they look fab on Instagram too…..