Celebrating Valentine's Day or Just Another Consumer Holiday?

February 2, 2015 11:41 PM

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After 37 years of marriage, I've experienced a lot of Valentine's Days! But in spite of our wedded bliss, my husband Thom resists the day altogether. He argues that Valentine's Day, along with most holidays throughout the year, are all manufactured to manipulate us into buying stuff. I, on the other hand, see those very same holidays as a great excuse to have fun and party. But where does the urge to celebrate come from and which approach leads to a happier and more conscious life?

The majority of us here in U.S. have celebrated Valentine's Day since we were born. Yet the day has only been around for several centuries and was originally created from something very different than hearts, candy and flowers. Unfortunately, how we celebrate most holidays are habits that just reinf...

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