I’m Boycotting Valentine’s Day!

Sugar, chocolate processed with alkali, cocoa butter, milk fat, soy lecithin/an emulsifier, vanilla and vanillin/an artificial flavor, condensed milk, sugar, butter, corn syrup, invert sugar, natural flavor, and potassium sorbate.

 In case you were wondering, that’s how you spell love.  Or, at least how you’re supposed to if you properly celebrate Valentine’s Day as any good consumer would do!

Those are the ingredients for a popular Valentine’s candy that comes in a red heart box. 

You might think that this is the rant of a bitter, lonely person with no one to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  That’s not true.  I’m not bitter, I’m not lonely.  I am very blessed and very loved.  So now to the “rant”…

I was ironing this morning when I saw a commerial for a popular drug store.  It showed all the candy and said something about buying “all the things you need” to give your loved one for Valentine’s Day.

But my question to you is, have you bought into this idea?

First off, candy, as you can see the ingredient list, is not healthy for you.  But the issue is far more than that!  Our society has so greatly cheapened the idea of love that I am almost insulted.  We are told that if you buy a box of chocolates, a teddy bear, and flowers (or if you’re really good–Jewelry!) then that will make your loved one know they are loved.   Perhaps the world thinks that love should be cheap and easy and convenient, but as a Christian, I know true Christian love is way more that that.  It’s about commitment and sacrifice–not candy or commercialism.

Join me if you will, but this Valentine’s Day, I’m saying no!  I don’t need a special day to celebrate my love.  And I don’t need candy or a teddy bear.  And I don’t need $50 roses that are going to be dead a week later.  I’m not boycotting love, but I’m boycotting Valentine’s Day and all it’s empty consumerism.

On a related note, if you have any stories or ideas to share on how you have celebrated love for free or for a little money, please share! 

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2 Responses to “I’m Boycotting Valentine’s Day!”

  1. Alisa Says:

    I’m with you on this one!

    We have had a romantic dinner at home with the two of us when the kids are in bed (not so easy anymore, they are getting older.)

    My husband bikes to and from work. One day after work he biked to his co-workers house first and picked a huge bunch of daffodils then brought them home for me. I love daffodils and seeing him bike in the driveway with them was really sweet!

    Once in a while we go away with just the two of us for a couple nights. We go in November when the rates are at their lowest and just enjoy eachother. We go to a place that has a coffee pot and a microwave so we don’t need to eat in a restaurant. It does cost money but it is so worth it. My mom takes care of our kids.

    We don’t celebrate love when and how the media/commercialism tell us to, but don’t forget to celebrate love all year around!

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