After Easter, Valentine’s Day may be my favorite holiday. I think it takes a bad rap. Truthfully I know more about St. Theresa Avila than I do about St. Valentine…but I even find the modern concept a good one.
It’s common to hear people say something like, “Why does Valentine’s Day matter? Suddenly if I don’t plan something/do something with my significant other, I’m a terrible person.”
Well if that’s the way you want to look at it, then you’d better quit birthdays too…
In a tiny sense I agree – Valentine’s Day should NOT be the one day you tell someone that they’re important to you. Like birthdays shouldn’t be the day you tell someone you’re glad they’re alive, Thanksgiving shouldn’t be the only time you’re grateful, and Christmas should not be the one day you’re giving or thankful for the gift of salvation.
There’s also the comment that Valentine’s Day is a commercial holiday, created only to pump up the sales of candy and cards. Besides the truth that there’s a real reason behind this day, commercialism, especially in the US, is true of every other mainstream holiday. Recently I’ve read and studied on St. Nicholas a bit, and it led to discovering the origin of most of our “American” Christmas. (And let me say, it’s amazing/revolting that one or two people could create a holiday tradition by mistake.) Obviously I’m no scholar, but I’d be willing to say 90-some% of what Christmas is in this country is arbitrary. And the Easter bunny? Idealism of the “Pilgrims and Indians?”
But I don’t want to make a point by putting down other holidays; just trying to explain how level the playing field is.
I love Valentine’s Day because people around me are in love and they’re happy. I see this on other days of the year, but on this day in particular, we celebrate that. I love to celebrate! One day I’ll have my own nice, romantic V-Day, but I’m not in a hurry. Today was a lovely day and I spent most of it with 3-and-4-year-olds & another part of it with my wonderful friend Kelle. There were hearts and candy everywhere, flowers, and cookies!
Please, explain to me how you can stay grumpy? ; )