Yesterday, I read this post by Alex on why she doesn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, and honestly, I get it. I worked at Hallmark in high school, so I definitely get the idea that it’s just a commercial holiday. I even kind of agree with that sentiment. Here’s the thing though – I still love to celebrate it.
For the record, I enjoyed celebrating it even when I was single. Of course it’s a little more fun now that TJ’s in my life, but as single Ashley, I never hated February 14th. Now, I don’t like going all out, or making a huge deal out of it, but I love doing something a little extra for the people I love one day a year (because, yes, love is about showing how much you care every day). I’m not trying to convert any Valentine’s Day haters out there, but here are 5 reasons I’ll continue to celebrate the most commercial holiday ever for the rest of my life.
1. I love any excuse to celebrate things
I think small things in life deserve to be celebrated. I’ve even been known to create my own holidays. If there’s a nationally recognized day of celebration, I want to find a way to participate.
2. I love traditions
Guilty as charged. I think it’s so fun to know you can count on something to happen on a given day, years in advance. I only have one tradition for Valentine’s day, but I look forward to it every year. I give TJ 5 small gifts to open, one dedicated to each of the 5 senses. It’s small, but it’s fun to try to get creative as the years go on.
3. I love unifying events
I am the first to admit that I’m not an overly social person -when people talk about being a social butterfly, my first thought is usually how cozy the cocoon would be. But, for some reason, I love being part of a group that’s all doing the same thing. I just think it’s so comforting to know that strangers all over the country are also celebrating love (or Christmas, or watching the Super Bowl – any unifying event really), even though I’m not interacting with any of them.
4. I love having a day to remind me of how important love is
Generally, I think I’m pretty good about showing love every day, but when there’s a whole day dedicated to love, it’s definitely on the forefront of my mind, and that translates into my relationship. Having a whole day dedicated to reminding the important people in my life that I love them is never a bad thing.
5. I love that it gives me something to look forward to post-football
This time of year is kind of hard for me. Even though Steelers football has been over for more than a month, football season officially ended on Sunday night, and it won’t come back around again until September. It’s a long seven months until my favorite time of year will be upon us, and Valentine’s Day gives me a little something to look forward to, just a few days after the season ends. For me, a little celebration of love helps to soften the blow of the upcoming longest 7 months of the year.
Where do you stand on Valentine’s Day – overrated greeting card holiday or a fun day to celebrate?