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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2019 9:11 amComments are Disabled

There’s nothing like watching all your single friends getting depressed around February 13 or so when they realize they don’t have any Valentine’s Day plans.

Though there really was a St. Valentine and his matyrdom has been celebrated by Catholics for 1500 years, it is only recently that it became the Hallmark holiday of all Hallmark holidays. In reality, it’s just an excuse to charge more for restaurant reservations.

It’s weird that a religious festival in honor of a 3rd-century saint who was executed for converting people to Christianity should become, in the modern day, an atheistic orgy of heart-themed commercialism. But I suppose, in the American sphere at least, people need excuses to be romantic. Or at least an excuse to pretend to be romantic lest the whole relationship fizzle out.

My recommendation to single friends on Valentine’s Day: remember that on February 14 in the year 270, the actual St. Valentine was beaten with clubs and then beheaded in front of a crowd. Oh, and you can visit said head in Rome if you are so inclined. And maybe his fingers are in a church in Dublin, though no one is really sure.

That ought to cure you of the notion that you “should” be celebrating this holiday with a significant other instead of doing what you normally do: get drunk on white wine at home and watch Netflix.

And for my friends in relationships: it’s a lot cheaper to save your dinner plans for this Friday. Enjoy ❤️

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