I love holidays. Any excuse to get together with family and celebrate – I’m in. Even the Super Bowl is considered a holiday for most, and although I don’t know a single thing about football, I’m always at a Super Bowl party, just so I can get together with friends and family.
The one holiday I don’t celebrate, however, is Valentine’s Day. Never has there been a holiday so commercialized as that one, and I just won’t participate in something like that.
Valentine’s Day is supposed to be the day you celebrate your partner. Your husband, your wife, your boyfriend, your girlfriend. Love on them extra hard and buy them all sorts of crap they don’t need, like chocolate, flowers and jewelry.
Now, Valentine’s Day is not just for lovers, but for kids, as well. Kids are expected to bring Valentine’s Day cards to their friends at school, and are usually accompanied with a treat or toy of some kind. And I’m pretty sure we’re expected to buy Valentine’s Day gifts for our own kids, as well.
But shouldn’t we be celebrating the ones we love every day – not just on February 14th – the day that was chosen for us? And why do we need to buy a gift, just to say ‘I love you’?
I’ve never understood when friends of mine would go crazy trying to find the “perfect” Valentine’s Day gift for their partner, often spending hundreds of dollars on something they think might fit the bill.
It’s ludacris, I say.
Love the ones you’re with, daily. Don’t go all out just one day a year and that’s it. People want to feel loved all the time. Surprise your partner with a random (inexpensive!) gift sometimes. Write them a love note on a Wednesday in March. Go out for dinner on a Saturday night in June.
Celebrate each other ALL THE TIME. Don’t give in to this commercialized holiday and spend gobs of money to show your partner how much you love them on ONE day.
My husband and I have never celebrated Valentine’s Day. We don’t need more crap coming into our house, and we don’t need to wait for someone else to tell us when it’s time to say ‘I love you’ to each other. Instead, we celebrate each other year-round, with regular surprise gifts, love notes and date nights.
We don’t give Valentine’s Day gifts to our kids, either, and they know not to expect any. We do let them give cards to their friends at school, but that’s only so that they can feel involved with their classes (since pretty much all of the kids give Valentine’s). I always buy cards after Valentine’s Day, so I pay next to nothing for them.
How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? Do you celebrate?