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sorry just firing out my anger how everything has become so comersalised (i cant spell lol) xmas is only just over and allready all the shops have easter eggs out!! :evil:
 

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The worst is Valentines Day. It exists solely to make single people depressed and to make couple buy useless crap or the won't "love" each other.

It's pointless to me - you should show love every day and not just one.
 

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I like buying gifts for Christmas, but to advertise Easter merchandise now is ridiculous! Of course bathing suits will soon be featured in the clothing stores.

Don't worry about Valentine's Day, Bean. We love you. ( ::)) And Moby)
 

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Now i have a boyfriend i have to say I LOVE valentines day. I really truely hated it when i was a teenager with no other half. WHat made it wrose was every year my mum would send me valentines cards as a joke. I hated it.
the first valentines me and my boyfriend were together he did nothing. so i amde it my mission to hint after that. last year was LOVELY, came home with roses, chocolates and a bottle of asti (my fave stuff, next to red wine) i nearly cried!
 

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Bean said:
Maybe I'm just bitter.
I used to be bitter. Last year, I wasn't. But this year, I'm going to be bitter again. So... dear Bean, why don't we have a contrast. On Valentine's Day, I'll give you some roses and you'll give them back to me. And we're all happy :p
 

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Bean ~ you are not bitter **hugs**
All the holidays are so commercialized and most made only to generate $$$$ for the retailers. Yesterday I was in K'mart and the X'mas stuff was 70 percent off, and sitting right next to that was the valentine's candy and easter things as well! :shock: I have a loving husband - so am fortunate there and I agree every day is a day to show affection and to care about one another ~ chin up ~ soon we will all see the holloween masks staring us in the face again *sigh*
Happy UN-valentines to you when it rolls around :)
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The worst is Valentines Day. It exists solely to make single people depressed and to make couple buy useless crap or the won't "love" each other.
I disagree, but I don't think you're far off. In my opinion, the worst is "Sweetest Day." I hadn't even heard of it until I moved to Ohio where I was "informed" that everyone in the U.S. celebrates it. Try explaining to someone that
A.) if you live in the U.S. and
B.) you don't celebrate it and
C.) no one you know celebrates it that
D.) there's no possible way that "everyone in the U.S." celebrates it.

The last thing we need as a society is another Valentine's Day. My fiance and I don't really celebrate Valentine's Day and we completely reject Sweetest Day. When asked why, we both respond, "Every day is a celebration of our love." Shuts 'em up every time.

I, too, have a problem with the commercialisation of religious holidays such as Christmas and Easter.
 

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I agree

I must say that everything in the US is over commercialized. Christmas being the biggest joke of them all! We should just call is Gift Giving Day if we really want to celebrate it for what it has become. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy Christmas, and yes, I do enojy the gift part, but I also just like spending quality time with my family...and all the food consumption! As far as Valentines day goes...well, I never really had a problem with it, even when I was single. I just refused to let society make me feel bad for being single. I could really take it or leave it.
I think the thing that really upsets me most is all the pressure society put on womens looks. If you're not sexy than you might as well forget it. That seems to be the message the media is putting out. Now, I'm only 21 and skinny as a rail but that's not even good enough...it seems like if you're not showing off your perfectly toned arms, flaunting a six pack stomach while boosting up your enormous fake rack than your life is over...it's Ladie's Home Journal for you! (no offense to people who read that magazine)Last summer I ended up tearing a bunch of muscle in my side from lifting weights (trying to get those nice Madonna/Charlie's Angles' arms)and am now in physical therapy and spent way too much money on weight gainer (I hate being so skinny and having people assume that I must have an eating disorder)all the while making an appointment to see a plastic surgeon about getting implants! What a summer that was! I am proud to say that I never did get the impants...but with all this pressure to look good in a Victoria Secret nighttie...who knows :wink:
Okay...I've ranted enough and went way off subject...so YES, holidays are way too commercialized. Soon my generation will all be walking media zombies!
 

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I dunno - all holidays I find relatively annoying. Maybe it's the disfunctional family...

I like Thanksgiving the most I think. No nasty weather, nice meal. Easter is ok, as long as it isn't all that present crap - candy is where it's at. I don't understand presents at Easter - and what the **** or those new Easter tree things?? Although for the past few years I've had to by myself candy (usually 75% off after Easter).

Christmas is cool, and I like giving presents. But I always feel guilty, like you're trying to buy love or something. That and certain people are greedy and seem upset if some people get more presents than others (not me). And it always feels like a time to meet everyone, and how you're not up to expectations... Like you have to have something monumental that happens before Christmas or it's a disappointment.

New Years is kinda cool too, and it's more like a reflection of the past year, as well as a celebration.

And just hearing the title "Sweetness Day" makes me want to vomit! :)
 

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what in the world is 'sweetest day'? and i live in minnesota, and no-one i know celebrates it! i haven't even heard of it!
I always get a jolt of happiness when I hear someone doesn't know what Sweetest Day is. It is a holiday started by Hallmark to sell more cards, flowers, and candy. It's *exactly* like Valentine's Day. It's on October 17. When Justin (that's my fiance's name) and I started dating, I told him that he didn't need to get me anything for Sweetest Day because I don't celebrate it and it's only two days after my birthday. He looked so relieved!

Hallmark is insidious. They've invented mother's and father's day, boss' day, and secretary's (administrative professional's) day. They must be stopped. I don't like feeling obligated to buy gifts for people. And I really hate receiving gifts from people only because they feel obligated to buy them. I want to be appreciated for what I do for other people and vice versa.

As for Easter, it never occurred to me to buy gifts for anyone until my future MIL did. So now I just buy a nice box of chocolates and give them out to people who insist on gift giving on that day. To me, Easter is such an important religious holiday that I can't get too much into the commercialisation of it. Funny thing is, I'm not that religious. I used to love getting Easter Baskets on Easter morning. Then off to church and a nice ham dinner afterwards. No muss, no fuss.
 

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I hope "Sweetest" Day is not contagious! I'm right next door in Western PA ! I don't know about the other days, but I believe Mother's Day was started in the early part of the Century by an individual. I don't remember the name, however. I'll bet she was a mother, though! :) I like Mother's Day because I get to go out for dinner. The kids take me. :D "Sweetest Day"? I don't know anyone who ever heard of it!

Bean, will you stop putting your kind, talented, intelligent, cute self down???? I'm getting really mad. Read your signature and hold your head up! You're a catch! Go sit in a corner until you start believing in yourself! :wink: And I mean it!
 

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sweetest day? woah going to far.
I know here in the uk they started grandparents day, it never really hit off tho.
 

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Sweetest Day is only celebrated in Michigan and Ohio. And yes, Hallmark invented it, lol.

Our anniversary is October 10th, so Sweetest Day for us is usally nothing more than a card and a fancy homecooked dinner.

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Jeanie, Mother's day is a great holiday... one of my favorites. Since it's in the Spring, my brother's and I usually buy all of my Mom's annuals and some other "spring time stuff" like her Chiminea, sun dial, etc. Father's Day doesn't seem to get the attention that Mother's Day does... that's easy for me, because I just pick out a tool I know I'd like, make sure dad doesn't have it and he's pretty happy. He's been eyeing my new Craftsman toolchest.. so I think I know what to do this year. (almost did it for christmas, lol.)
 

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holidays a lot of times do get annoying! but my pals and I made a pact to ignore all holidays except christmas-time. Only then do we exchange gifts. The other holidays we just go Happy Thanksgiving!...or whatever other holiday it is.
 
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