During my daily over-browsing of Facebook, I’ve noticed today that I’ve read more negative posts concerning Valentine’s Day than positive ones. Now, given the big hoopla that everyone makes over Valentine’s Day (both those celebrating it, and those vehemently NOT celebrating it) I guess I should have expected this, but I really didn’t.
Valentine’s Day has never been a big deal for me, except in elementary school where I got to decorate a Kleenex box and everyone attached candy to their Valentines. The best part was when we all got to mill around and deliver them (my love of sorting has not dimmed since then).
Anyway, I was thinking (surprising, right?) and I don’t see why Valentine’s Day is a big deal. Originally it’s some celebration of a saint who got eaten by a lion or something, and over the years it’s been commercialized and made into a day where we’re supposed to buy things for the one we love. But that does not change the fact that it IS a holiday (it’s on the calendar after all). The thing I’m going to say next would probably spark a lot of controversy if anyone really read this blog, but as it’s mostly just my sisters (hi sisters!) I’m not too worried about it. So here it is: I don’t think Valentine’s Day has been all that much more commercialized and over-celebrated than Christmas! So there! Christmas is a celebration that Jesus was born (and it’s not even celebrated in the right season!). So why do we feel compelled to buy gifts, eat lots of food, and have parties? Because that’s what you do on a holiday. So why shouldn’t we do it on Valentine’s Day, too? Personally, I feel like Valentine’s day was created to nudge us all out of our depressed mid-winter rut, and I appreciate it as just that. Anyone who hates Valentine’s day for its over-commercialization should also be required to hate Christmas for the same reason and not do anything except sit with his family and think about Jesus as a baby (hmm, that doesn’t sound so bad. I’ll bet Jesus was an awfully cute baby.)
For the record, I didn’t feel any different about Valentine’s day when I was single.
And now to the present! This is Andreas’s and my first Valentine’s Day together, and in celebration, he came on a walk to the neighborhood Netto with me (and without complaining), we bought chocolate (mine!) and chips (his!) and we’re going to watch a movie (his choice). Perfect. And to be honest, I don’t really care whether it’s Valentine’s Day or not, but it’s nice to have an excuse to do something special and fun and cuddly.
So for anyone who’s reading this, Happy Valentine’s Day! I’d share if I could