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I know I gave out Valentines in elementary school & I remember some floating around that were half-ironic in high school or maybe even post-secondary. I got a bouquet of carnations sent to me by my first boyfriend in 1994, I guess it would have been. There was an expensive dinner at a restaurant downtown with another boyfriend a couple years later, but I can't really remember any other V-days. Even when there was the customary exchange of gifts, it always felt a little forced. All the TV advertising for jewellery, chocolate & flowers, not to mention the stores being taken over by pink & red foil-wrapped sugar bombs just made it feel way too commercial.
I guess all holidays are like that nowadays--Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Thanksgiving--somebody's always trying to profit as much as possible from them. But Valentine's Day seems like the worst offender somehow, as it doesn't really have the family togetherness or historical traditions to make it seem all that valid to me. I feel like I can make Christmas what I want it to be & I like the underlying family-togetherness vibe that comes along with it. Halloween I love because of the costumes. Something about trick-or-treating, going to visit all your neighbours was really awesome this year & I look the other way with the ingredients lists when it comes to the candy.
Valentine's Day just seems forced no matter how I try to do it my way, so I give up. This year, I decided not to bother doing anything particularly Valentiney. No heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, no overpriced roses, no expensive but disappointing dinner at a packed restaurant. I think Oliver was relieved.
Though I'm really not into it myself, I don't have any issues with other people celebrating V-Day. It's not a bad thing that lots of little independent local businesses get a boost in the after-Christmas slump by selling more flowers, jewellery, chocolate or serving dinner to people. If you're a romantic & V-Day floats your boat--have fun!
What about you? Do you like Valentine's Day? Are you doing anything special or are you more of a humbug like me?
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