Before every holiday, I find myself saying, "I'm so excited! [Upcoming Holiday] is my favorite holiday!" Which is a much happier and more positive approach than the typical, "Ugh. I hate [Upcoming Holiday]! It's so commercialized!"
And since today is the first day of Valentine's Week 2015, I thought I'd share this old post from back in my Quora days.
“It’s a Hallmark holiday!”
“I hate flowers and cards and crowded restaurants!”
“You should show your love for your partner year round – not just on Valentines Day!”
But the truth is, I totally love Valentine's Day. It’s one of my favorite holidays – right up there with Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Why? Because Valentine's Day isn’t about paying $50 for a $12 bouquet of flowers. And it’s not about some mass-produced Hallmark poem. If it were, I suppose I would hate it, too.
Valentine's Day would feel contrived. Artificial. Obligatory – sort of like a chore.
It’s a day when I can demand heart-shaped pancakes with heart-shaped strawberries and juice with heart-shaped ice cubes in it.
If he’s a good boyfriend, he’ll be silly with you, too, and maybe surprise you with something like this:
If you could achieve this with manufactured goods like chocolates and cards, then we probably wouldn’t need things like loneliness and divorce, would we?
So get creative this Valentine's Day. Be silly! Get excited! Do something so cute and adorable that you can't possibly take yourselves seriously. Get your palms sweaty and your heart pounding. And the romance will undoubtedly follow.