Don’t Buck Valentine’s Day Traditions

When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of diamonds, chocolates, and flowers as acceptable gifts.  Maybe a girl can’t have all three on one occasion, but seriously, any one of the three is a truly suitable gift.  The diamonds remind her that the affections of her ‘Valentine’ are forever.   The candy reminds her how sweet love is.  The flowers are a token of the fragility of love, and tending them reminds her to tend to him.

It is Valentine’s season again, and I am again amazed at the advertisements on the television.  Two of the most prominent ads I see are the ‘Hoody/Footie’ from PajamaGram, and the huge bear from the Vermont Teddy Bear.  Those gifts might be appreciated if the wife/girlfriend/mistress were between the ages of 12-21, although I cannot imagine when I would have been happy to be on the receiving end of those gifts.

As I watch those commercials, I say to myself, ‘Really???”    The marketing says that this gift is a creative alternative on traditional diamonds, chocolate and candy.  Really?  White diamonds, Yellow diamonds, and now Chocolate diamonds are available.  There is no end of Chocolate varieties, from the grocery store brand to my favorite, Belgian/Swiss varieties.  Flowers… never out of style.  They can be classy, fancy, elegant or just a bunch of posies…plenty of diversification there as well.

A ‘Hoodie/footie’ which is pretty much a sleeping bag one can walk in, does not lend itself to togetherness, or intimacy.  Is this what Valentine’s Day is celebrating?   Is there a grown woman anywhere who would be thrilled to the point of swooning when presented with a Teddy Bear that is taller/larger than most elementary school children.   I just don’t get it….

Who makes these commercials?  Where is the market research conducted?  More importantly, how can I set the ‘parental controls’ on my television so that my husband, who adores me does not make a fatal mistake of being influenced by these misguided advertisements?

Until next time,


Dr. Polly


About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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