Valentine’s Day is an extremely polarizing holiday. It pins people into two camps: those who celebrate and those who protest the holiday. Those who celebrate do so at varying intensities, from simple card-givers to those who make elaborate shows of affection by carpeting their domiciles in red roses or buying teddy bears the size of small planets. The protestors are nearly as apparent in their stance on February 14th. I’ve been the audience to many a tirade about the commercialization of love and how the greeting card industry is to blame for the materialism behind Valentine’s Day. [Read more...]
Valentine’s Day can’t seem to catch a break. In one camp, there’s the single, heartbroken and even some coupled folk who write off February 14th as a ‘Hallmark holiday’ and rebuke the shiny red hearts of chocolates bedecked with bows and scoff at the overpriced flower ads that spam their inboxes. And then there are those who embrace the holiday, calling for reservations weeks in advance, spending money on flowers, chocolates and gifts because, well, how else do you celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one you love [or maybe just like a whole lot]?
Despite being unattached, I’m not bitter about Valentine’s Day. In fact, I unabashedly love Valentine’s Day. Rather than spending tons of money trying to woo over someone or donning black and drowning my sorrows in chocolates and Ryan Gosling [I call that 'Friday night'... I kid! sort of.], I like to do a little something different… [Read more...]