I’m totally in the “I love Valentines Day” camp. I don’t think it has to be only about romantic love–it’s a great day to celebrate love in all forms, between family, for friends, for your furry friends, for life. Love is an excellent thing to celebrate!
I love the excuse to eat rich food, especially chocolate. I mean, who doesn’t? I always see lots of rich desserts that I want to try for the holiday.
I love seeing flowers everywhere. I love flowers.
I love the excuse to get fancied up and go out. I spend way too much time sitting around at home in my sweats with no makeup on. Putting on some lipstick and high heels and going out to a nice restaurant is A-OK by me!
Secretly, I love that it marks the halfway point of February. This is just one of those months I dislike, though it’s not Feburary’s fault; it’s just so gloomy and grey and cold, and I feel stuck between proper winter and the promise of spring. So hitting the halfway point is a big deal!
The major thing I don’t like about this holiday is the same thing I dislike about all major holidays: the focus on consumerism. The pressure to buy gifts, to go on expensive dates, etc.–everyone feels pressured to spend enough and give enough, everyone ends up broke and unhappy. It’s dumb. Shouldn’t spending time with loved ones be enough?
Another thing I dislike: how mean people can be toward the singles on V-Day. It seems that no matter how accomplished you are in life, if you’re single on Valentines, you’re a loser. That’s so wrong. Why should you be defined by your relationship status?!
What do you love or hate about Valentines Day?
I dislike the same things as you, I also dislike that they make tons of doggie Valentine’s treats and things but that cats are left forgotten! :(
Yes! I need to get or do something for my cats. Because I’m a crazy cat lady like that :P
I hope you will have a fantastic Valentine’s Day! Do you have any special plans yet? I hope you enjoy the day and all the chocolate. :) I have to say that I never feel bad about eating chocolate. :)And you know that I agree about consumerism. This is not what the day is about!
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No, the husband and I are both working, so we’ll wait until next week to do something. :) Maybe go eat at my fave Thai place :)
I think Valentine is a fun holiday, particularly if you have someone special to share it with. I definitely like getting dolled up for it, lol. But since I’m single, I’ll just forget about getting fancy and just indulge on some yummy sweet chocolate or cake with my kids.
I feel like people do think of us singles as losers sometimes. The truth is how many couples out there can honestly say they are happy? There are many who are in abusive and unhealthy relationships and stay together because their culture, children, money, etc…perhaps it’s a good enough reason for some but I’d prefer to be with someone who enables me to become a better person.
You hit the nail on the head. I don’t understand people who think it’s bad to be single. There are so many pros and cons to both singledom and being in a relationship. I think people need to enjoy what ever phase of life they’re in instead of having that “greener grass” mentality–they just end up unhappy in the end. :(
I mainly just love the chocolate!
Me too! :)
you already know i love it. i’ve never experienced any pressure or meanness from those not single. what i dislike is the meanness from those that hate valentine’s day. that they’re too cool to celebrate it, like it’s some cool kids club, and that i’m a lemming because i love it. well, i’ve never been cool, so why start now? ;)
There is kind of a hipster attitude about it! Oh well, they’re missing out. :)
I hate the pressure some people put on Valentine’s Day and how some people feel left out.
I love all the flowers too! One thing I dislike is how down people can get on themselves for not having a Valentine… I wake up and tell my friends and family Happy Valentine’s Day, it’s not just about a significant other!
I’ve always hated Valentine’s Day. I have found, like you mention, it is very commercial and unnecessarily stressful. My bday is 8 days before VD and my husbands’ is 8 days before that, so we never celebrate it. I always hated getting VD stuff for my bday (candy hearts and cheesy stuffed animals), which every boyfriend always did. Except my husband. Which is why I love him ;-) But I always get my kids a small candy heart on VD while they are still young enough to get excited about it.
I think it has to be hard to love ANY holiday that falls within your birthday month! Talk about stealing your thunder. I can’t believe someone would be tacky enough to get a GF holiday stuff for her birthday!!!!
i’m not a huge fan of the consumerism, either. we always make handmade gifts, and i love that so much more!
Aw, that’s sweet!
V-Day is a rough topic in our house. My significant other’s mother was diagnosed with cancer on V-Day. So, in addition to hating the commercialization of the holiday, he hates it for those reasons. But he’ll still surprise me with chocolates and flowers, just not ON the day. My mom still surprises me with something special on V-Day. I don’t think it’s just for couples.
Aw, that sucks. :( I’m sorry for his loss!
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I love how you said it is the half way point of February. I never thought of it that way! Cheers to that!
Cheers indeed! :)