Sweetest Day

I have come to the firm conclusion that Sweetest Day (this Saturday) is a complete and total Hallmark holiday. Therefore, in my opinion, it should be ignored.

According to what I have read about Sweetest Day, it is supposed to be about small acts of kindess towards friends and those less fortunate. Yet it is now essentially an extra Valentines Day, another holiday I don’t care much for. In fact, I had never even heard of Sweetest Day prior to 2001 when I moved here.

Now before you suggest I am bitter because I am single and alone, I’d like to mention there is someone in my life. So pweff. I just prefer random acts of kindness and cards. It is so much more enjoyable when it is done because they really do care and are thinking of you, then when the card, chocolate and flower companies are shoving it down your throat.

10 Comments so far

  1. ed (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 9:50 am

    I agree that it is a worthless holiday. Does it even exist outside of Michigan? When I lived out east, no one had heard of it. Do pop and tennis shoes figure in as major gifts?

  2. MGal (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 9:58 am

    I don’t see why not.. why you taking the wife shopping Saturday?

  3. Jeppy (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 10:35 am

    Yes and No. I also believed that Sweetest Day is a big Crock, and that it’s the flower and card companies trying to make an extra buck. BUT, ignore the day at your own peril!!!!

    What happens when your loved one gives you a cute card or a little sweet candy something on the day? Sure, you can respond with the catch all: “it’s a B.S. day” – but then you have to look at the hurt look in their face — so… be savvy, carry extra Blank (fill in what you like in an emergency!) Cards, and stuffed Bears, and keep them in your glove cpmpartment, and you’ll ALWAYS be prepared! Trust me, The Boy-Scout “Be Prepared” is a good policy for life.

  4. ed (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 12:09 pm

    Luckily my wife and I see eye to eye on this and VDay, that they are little more than manufactured holidays that don’t warrant fighting crowds or paying premiums on flowers.

  5. MGal (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 2:01 pm

    I’ve broken up twice on Valentines Day so other than having a simple dinner, I tend to ignore the day… Plus the smell of roses makes me ill. Give me some cheap daisies and I am happy as a clam.

  6. UrbanTiki (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 2:14 pm

    Yes yes yes!
    My wife, coming from the ‘Burgh, had never heard of this before arriving at MSU in the late 80’s. We agree that it’s bunk; we don’t even have any idea when it is.

    Of course, we’re fairly active when we “boycott” things: for instance, we won’t buy ANY products that make tobacco companies a red cent. It takes research and almost a fanatical devotion to keeping up with who owns what (ie – don’t buy Starbucks coffee in the supermarket. Why? It’s distributed by Kraft, which is owned by (altria) Philip Morris. I miss Mac and Cheese, but that’s life. And Nutter Butters. Fuck, I really miss those).

    So, crap like Sweetest Day is easy pickings for us. Hallmark needs no more money of ours than they already get. What will they do? Release a new set of Hummels?

  7. Jeppy (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 2:41 pm

    If you really want to be smart, celebrate holidays the week after.

    You get all of the sales, none of the crowds, easy dinner reservations, cheaper flights, and if it’s x-mas time (or Chanukah) you can re-gift those crappy presents easily…

    Try crossing out words on old cards with a marker, and re-using them for totally different occasions (a “with sympathy” and “get well soon” card converted into something for a birthday!)

    And as for $75 bundles of roses… why not just take the free bouquets you can find at graves in the cemetary!

  8. WanderingMonkey (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 3:36 pm

    just an excuse for me and wifey to…

    HAY howaboutthemlions.

  9. lance (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 4:42 pm

    I believe that Wisconsin and Ohio are the only other states that “celebrate” Sweetest Day.
    From what I understand, the day was meant to be dedicated to men as a means for women to repay their mates from Valentine’s Day.

  10. Girl in the D (unregistered) on October 12th, 2005 @ 10:44 pm

    My fiance is from New York and had never heard of Sweetest Day before moving here, either. I did some research on the day, and it appears it is most popular in the Midwest. Ohio is the state that celebrates it the most, followed by Michigan. I grew up with it, so I have never found it a bother – I see it as a day to perform “random acts of kindness”. It holds even more importance for me now, though, because my fiance and I were engaged on Sweetest Day last year : )

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