As if anyone needed anymore reminders. You'd have to live under a rock not to know in this day and age that it's Valentine's Day.
I won't wish anyone a "happy" Valentine's Day because for some it's not happy. Or a day worth celebrating. As is in my case because my birthday is in the same month. Call me practical, a party-pooper, or anti-social, but I don't see the point in expending effort on a day shared by millions of couples when energy can just be expended one day this month where only a few thousand will share the same celebratory feelings. And not likely in this vicinity.
But... my husband is a romantic so there is some celebratory pink, red, and confection in my house today. I also got breakfast in bed, a first!
Obligatorily, I'll make an attempt to get in the spirit of the day.
Reasons I dislike St Valentine's Day
- A forced sense of love and romance from all the other couples around. Ie. "It's Valentine's Day, let's not argue..." etc etc
- Spending money on over priced cards, flowers, and confectionary that typically are lame.
- Radio stations playing the worst of all pop love songs ever written.
- Every TV channel flooded by Rom-Com. Rom-Coms already being a thing I dislike unrelated to Valentine's Day.
- Everything you do is cliche, whether you're part of a couple or single. Going out, staying in, enjoying your company, trying to find new company, exchanging gifts, boycotting the industry... it's all been done before.
- There is more pink, red, and white in public than you could ever care to stand...
- Being bombarded with Valentine's Day since January. It's not as bad as Christmas, but cripes, by the time the day comes around you just want gouge your eyes out.
- People, women especially, start comparing what their partners do/get them and what they do/get for their partners.
- Everyone starts going off on one about how they don't need a single day of the year to declare their love. Blah blah blah, WE KNOW.
Reasons I like St Valentine's Day
- There are funny cards and gifts available that actually make me LOL. My husband and I always make an effort to exchange these.
- You can pretend like it's any other day. Not that you have to pretend very hard: food still needs to be eaten, laundry still to be done, and showers still need to be taken.
- Another reason let the other person know you're thinking about them. Or another opportunity to make up?
- Vloggers, bloggers, and the rest of social media embark on a war of why they love/hate V-day, myself included.
- People become extra creative for this day and post it online, giving me ideas of romantic things I can do later in the year. What's that? I haven't' been on Pinterest all morning...
- I enjoy listening to the stories of what other people do to be romantic on Valentine's Day and the rest of the year.
- If you put your own spin on today it can actually get more romantic in years to come.
- Staying in or going out, it's another reason to dress up
- Everything pink, red, and white goes on sale tomorrow. If your budget allows, stock up for the rest of the year (maybe that wine might actually taste good by summer...)
- Reading the obscurity about St Valentine is somewhat amusing when you realize there is very little connection between what our society "celebrates" and what happened.
Before I leave you with those lists, Kyra Lennon is co-hosting a Blog Hop of Joy on March 1. It's a list of everything that makes you happy. I'm all signed up and ready to go! ...I mean, it is a list, after all.