Happy Valentine's Day!!
I personally do not have a personal vendetta against Valentine's day; but a lot of my friends do. I do not understand it! I have my personal beliefs as to why they do, and wanted to address them in this post. Of course you cant have wild accusations without hardcore rebuttals, so please read on. Tell me your thoughts!
"It's a Hallmark Holiday"
Hallmark is a corporation; therefore people are indirectly supporting an evil empire by taking part. How ridiculous? Unless you ban all gas stations, walmart, and Facebook -- then you have no room to hate on Hallmark! Seriously though - pretty silly.
"people should love each other EVERY day"
This is true. However why do we celebrate anniversaries? Shouldn't we appreciate and be cognizant of how long we have been together EVERY day? How about Birthdays? Why celebrate getting OLDER? We know this EVERY day. See the ridiculous logic there? Valentine's day offers a day to people where they can remind their loved ones their appreciation and love they have for them that is usually scoffed at throughout the year. It puts it all into perspective, doesn't it? Not to mention why is it so bad to buy a card, chocolates, flowers, or any thing else for someone? It puts a smile on that person's face, and that is all that matters! So this is not a good excuse.
Who said you have to go out? If you are not one for the crowds, then how about a nice cozy dinner at home? How about the person who cooks the most gets the night off, and is the one coming home to a home cooked meal instead? What about spending some $$ and renting a closed off room? How about celebrating it the day before or after? Again, this is no excuse.
"I just hate Valentine's day!"
That's your choice. But Valentine's day and I still love you!
Those are the main 1-liners I hear all day this time of year. It is so silly. What did this holiday do to you? Stop being bitter about being single, or in a shitty relationship, and just go to feeling indifferent about it. If you cannot be happy for others, then you are a miserable soul who doesn't deserve roses and chocolate any way :)
Lastly, I want to mention how important I think this can be for the children in our world. We do not necessarily have to use the word LOVE, but rather care for .. meaning a day to emphasize how important it is to treat someone with kindness by doing something thoughtful for that person. This can be a day to really get the creative imaginations working, and put confidence into kids when they know some one cares for them.
Meh.. maybe it is just me. But I really enjoy Valentine's day.. and look forward to it every year <3