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“…Cooked up by the card companies to make more money”?

Firstly, happy Mother’s Day! And secondly, I’m going to be discussing this particular topic as it is a bit more current, seeing as it is Mother’s Day and everything.

I’m sure we’ve all heard it on TV, in a movie, or just hearing a cynic say that Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day or any other smaller holiday is just a fake ‘celebration’ so they can sell more cards. It seems awfully mean and, well, cynical. But is it true? It may well be true, but IMO, it’s not a bad thing. Those holidays are promoting good things, and that shouldn’t be discouraged! So what the card companies make tons more money? They have made a celebration that gives out good messages, like loving your mother or father, appreciating your loved ones, anything like that! The world does well with more love, so the cynics are just being a little too cold and calculating.

But let’s try and see the cynics’ point of view. In our (mostly) money-driven world, big companies would do anything for a profit, as the horsemeat scandal showed. So it’s understandable to see how the cynics reached the conclusion of it all being an invented thing so they can make more money. People don’t tend to put buying cards as a top priority, but if there are tons of new holidays, they will go and buy them! The card companies just wanted some sort of way to make money, disguised as a happy celebration. It’s not like we need to be told, on Valentine’s Day, to love people that we already love. So the cynics may have a point there. It could be all invented.

However, I don’t want to be a cynic, or a heartless person that can’t enjoy a good bit of happiness! They only see the money side of it, ie buying presents and cards; taking people out for a treat or a meal. They’ve forgotten that you can still celebrate Mother’s Day with a handmade card and sitting down with her favourite movie. They’ve forgotten that you can celebrate Valentine’s Day by cooking your loved one a meal, or going out for a romantic walk in a botanical garden or park. The cynics don’t realise that you can still have fun on these ‘invented’ holidays for free!

My opinion on this is that perhaps the holidays ARE invented, but it doesn’t matter because they promote love and good things, and they’re a day for appreciating the people you have! I don’t care if the card companies cooked them up for an extra bit of profit, it’s all in good spirits isn’t it?

Your celebratory blogger, Jaz

 

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One comment on ““…Cooked up by the card companies to make more money”?

  1. Hi Jaz ! Of course, you’re right to be a little cynical (perhaps sceptical is more correct) because, of course, card companies and other businesses are always looking for ways to sell more product. However, although the American Mother’s Day is far more modern and celebrated on a different day (2nd Sunday in May), Mothering Sunday existed long before card companies got in on the act. I pinched the following from Wikipedia, because it explains it fairly well:

    During the sixteenth century, people returned to their mother church, the main church or cathedral of the area, for a service to be held on Laetare Sunday. This was either a large local church, or more often the nearest Cathedral.[1] Anyone who did this was commonly said to have gone “a-mothering”, although whether this preceded the term Mothering Sunday is unclear. In later times, Mothering Sunday became a day when domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother church, usually with their own mothers and other family members. It was often the only time that whole families could gather together, since on other days they were prevented by conflicting working hours.[2]

    So there you have it !

    Happy Blogging.

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