I've never been a fan of Valentine's Day, definitely not when I was single and not even now as I'm engaged to the love of my life. I always found it ridiculous that people needed a holiday to profess their love to each other. I'd much rather you buy me flowers on a Tuesday because you're thinking of me, not because Hallmark tells you that you have to do it. Love, like life, should be celebrated every day.
Valentine's does nothing but, make people feel less than great. I've known single women that have gone to great lengths to find a date, just for Valentine's Day- so that they wouldn't be alone. They inspired me to start the anti-VD celebration in which I celebrated being single and all the wonderfulness it entails. I still celebrate anti-VD because I don't celebrate a "holiday" that makes people feel like something's wrong with them if they're not in a committed relationship or have a date or happen to be alone.
I say, if you're a couple- celebrate your love often, show your appreciation for each other on those random days when you're loved one crosses your mind. Pick a flower, make dinner, write them a letter...because you WANT to, not because you HAVE to.
If you're single- grab onto my anti-VD stance and go out with a bunch of your friends, celebrate the fact that you are fabulous just the way you are and have a blast. You don't need to scour the world and the Net trying to find a date to make you feel less suicidal on a Hallmark holiday.
True love will give you the inspiration to be a better person or make you feel better about yourself every day of your life, not just on February 14.
Some dislikes it for its commercial aspects, some for its showy aspect, some for the simple reason that there is no one to celebrate it with. Valentine's Day is not about having to prove one's love. It is not about having to spend the evening with candlelight dinner nor is it about boxes of chocolates. It is about having someone to love and someone to share intimacy with. The story begins with a single kiss... & where all that may leads. … more
Outside of Christmas, Valentine's Day is probably the most commercial holiday out there. Telling someone you love them or showing them that you love them is something that you should do every day, but setting aside one specific day to focus a little bit more on love sounds like a great idea to me and for that, I give February 14th a plus four. However, florists, card companies, candy companies, and even lingerie companies, have turned Valentine's Day into a day of excessive and pointless gifts, … more
*taken from my blog at www.dalydose.com Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap as a corporate holiday, but in reality it is…well, it’s so much worse. It’s so bad that it doesn’t even warrant a day off for our valiant postal workers. In fact they have to work extra hard on this day. You can take that to bank. I mean, literally, you can take it to the bank because the banks are open on this “holiday”. To make matters worse, this is the … more
So Valentine's Day is coming up and while I've always been indifferent about the day, I am usually annoyed by some of the people on the day. Now I know what you're thinking, "The people who are all sucking face and making cute noises to one another and the married couples who put on their Calender that this is one of the days of the year they're actually allowed to have sex with one another... yeah they annoy the hell out of me too!" Actually, no. I rather adore … more
For a whole 24 hours those in love, lust, denial, acceptance and forgiveness celebrated Valentine's Day. And there isn't a place you can go to escape it. Every place I turned I saw hearts, flowers and goofy-grinned couples. Pairs were everywhere and in everything: A tow-truck pulling a car, men and women, men and men, women and women, candy and flowers, a construction worker hammering a nail (that may have been a three-some, but you get the point). Hell, even the bums … more
Valentine's Day or Saint Valentine's Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14 by many people throughout the world. In the English-speaking countries, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine's cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of "valentines". Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards. The sending of Valentines was a fashion in nineteenth-century Great Britain, and, in 1847, Esther Howland developed a successful business in her Worcester, Massachusetts home with hand-made Valentine cards based on British models. The popularity of Valentine cards in 19th century America, where many Valentine cards are now general greeting cards rather than declarations of love, was a harbinger of the future commercialization of holidays in the United States. It's considered one of the Hallmark holidays.
The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, ...