Advocating for Valentine’s Day

Every year I walk through isles of Target browsing the seasonal changes. And every year the excitement builds with each passing day for the Valentine’s Day displays to go up. It starts with the slashed prices of Cordial Cherry Hershey Kisses. I usually pick up a few bags to hold me over a few months. And it ends with Conversation Hearts being available at every turn. For me, this excitement doesn’t end with candy. Valentine’s Day is simply a celebration of LOVE. I have never thought of it as a holiday exclusively for coupled people. In fact, some of my favorite Valentine’s Day memories don’t even include a significant other.

I won’t lie, I’m a taker on Valentine’s Day. My normal celebratory preparation begins with me alerting a close friend (or my mom) that Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. I also impress upon them that Valentine’s Day is of extreme significance for me. In all honesty, it is a chance for me to be as dramatic as I can possibly be and guilt someone into getting me a cute card. Now I know what you must be thinking, “just buy the card yourself…” but that would take away all the fun. I get the most enjoyment out of this holiday during the days leading up to it. By February 13 I have made at least five people uncomfortable by simply dropping hints about my love for Valentine’s Day. I don’t know what it is for some people, even hearing the word “Valentine” sends them right off the edge. Complaint after complaint about a holiday meant to express and celebrate all things love.

While some complain that Valentine’s Day is too commercialized and how you should be loving the special people in your life all the time, I’m of the opinion that if there were 10 more holidays celebrating love there shouldn’t be an issue. That’s a little dramatic but you know what I mean. Valentine’s Day is a holiday meant to be celebrated however you’d like. And if you don’t like it, please spare us all your complaints and pretend it’s just another day. If you love Valentine’s Day as much as I do, please go on making a huge deal about it. Not because we need another made up holiday, but because it’s fun to make a big deal about things that don’t matter.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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