Wouldn’t a societal expectation of daily goodwill and thankfulness be better than a yearly one?
My wife and I have an ongoing deal - we choose not to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Now, before I get myself in trouble, let me state a disclaimer: I don’t cast any judgment upon those who do. The idea of celebrating love and valuing relationships is a good one, and if you find that Valentine’s Day facilitates these ideals, then I applaud you. Still, Chantel and I struggle with the commercialization and societal pressures that seem to accompany Valentine’s Day each year.
Instead, we celebrate Not-A-Valentine’s Day, wherein I will surprise her with some sort of gift or experience one day and call it her Not-A-Valentine’s Day, and vice versa. This works well for us primarily because it facilitates spontaneity, which we value immensely, and allows our love for each other to be expressed in a special way any day of the year. When we celebrate our love, it is never because such celebration is expected.
To an extent, Thanksgiving bothers me in a similar way. The holiday creates the expectation that all of America pause one Thursday in November to be grateful and offer goodwill to others. I suppose this result is valuable, but wouldn’t a societal expectation of daily goodwill and thankfulness be better than a yearly one?
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