Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The great greeting card company conspiracy

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As we all know (or should know at this point), Mother's Day is this coming Sunday.  It's basically a holiday made up and proliferated by Hallmark and jewelry stores.  And so is Valentine's Day and Father's Day and Grandparent's Day.  Aren't we all just allowing ourselves to be exploited by marketing ploys of greedy companies?  Absolutely--but maybe that's ok.


It's all well and good for us to say that every day should be Valentine's Day or every day should be Mother's Day.  We don't need a holiday to give our loved ones a card or gift or tell them how much they mean to us.  Except that most of us do.  I think we should all take a second and be honest with ourselves and realize that the great thing about holidays is that they force us all to take a few minutes to appreciate the people in our lives the way we should every day.  Yes, we should spend more than just Christmas and Thanksgiving with our families, but will we?  Probably not.
My grandmother, mother, and nephew :-)
So while we allow Hallmark to con us into paying three times as much as any person should pay for a teddy bear with purchase of three greeting cards, it's probably a good thing.  We're human.  And we need reminders.  We need special days.  Don't let the perfect (every day is Mother's Day!) be the enemy of the good (a Sunday in May).

For more on Mother's Day, check out this blog post on how to make Mother's Day easier on the non-mothers.  I like our priest's idea of reconigzing all women--we've all been mothered and nurtured in some capacity.

4 comments:

  1. I love that post and agree with your priest on honoring all women; I mean for example, what about women who never can have children or remain single? There not any less, I don't Mother's Day automatically intends or creates that, but I do see where you're coming from...good thoughts...

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    1. Right--I know it's not the intent with Mother's Day to make non-mothers feel bad and I hate to take away a day of honor for a group of people because it's painful for some, but I do think it's good to think about.

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  2. Good post! We should take the times that we can celebrate and enjoy ourselves...and our mothers!

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