I have personally been a witness to seeing a
grown woman in her mid-to-late
20s cry hysterically on Christmas Day after opening all her presents (worth well over $500
combined) and realizing that she didn't get what see wanted.
So many people (kids, teens, and adults
alike) are disappointed on Christmas for not getting what they had hoped for.
Who set their
expectations so high?How is it that we
can come to expect others
to buy us whatever we want at certain times of the year?
Similarly with couples during Valentines Day
on February 14th?
Valentine's Day is
connected to "a pagan Roman festival, Lupercalia...
This festival came under the patronage of Juno, the goddess of
marriage... St.Valentine replaced the pagan goddess Juno as a
patron of love"
- Catholic Customs and Traditions: A
Popular Guide, by
Greg Dues (pg. 139f).