With the creation of this Hallmark holiday, our American culture has generally come to terms that it’s important to celebrate this holiday with or without a loved one. Preferably with, right? Correct me if I’m wrong, but the ultimate Valentine’s Day includes the following:
- Romantic candlelit dinner that consists of your sweetie’s favorite entree and side dishes.
- Sweet and savory heart-shaped dessert.
- A dozen long-stemmed red roses.
- Box of rich dark chocolates.
- Hallmark card filled with heartfelt words about your relationship.
- A romantic comedy and/or some type of fun, spontaneous activity.
Well, despite having the love of my life, this year, the two of us have decided not to partake in any of these activities. It’s a concept I haven’t considered before until now, but I think it’s worth a shot. After a long discussion last night about the significance of the holiday, it makes sense that a couple’s love should be celebrated all year long. I suppose I’m a little bummed that we won’t be doing anything on February 14th, but I am willing to compromise. His argument is that Valentine’s Day forces pressure on the man to drop a good chunk of his paycheck on marked-up presents and a full-course meal out at a fancy restaurant. My argument is, why not take the time to be extra romantic? It’s fun to look forward to something out of the ordinary. I think it’s the spice of life. His take? It’s a pseudo-love holiday. It imposes the unreal on the real.
Want to show your love? Act on it when it’s least expected. Not when society tells you to do so.
What’s your take on Valentine’s Day? Love it or hate it? Or, are you like me, where you could go either way?