Valentines day- my least favorite holiday of the year

I hate to be a negative Nellie, but I need to have a short venting session. Normally I am a positive, cheerful person, I promise!

Valentines day. Cupid, hearts, teddy bears, and chocolate. Is there really anything endearing about the holiday? I don’t think so.

Maybe it’s my negative past experiences of V-day, but the only memories I have of the holiday remind me of an array of awkward moments and undesired gifts.

Lets scroll through some of the best gifts I received. How about that second hand teddy bear from a first date (never agree to a first date on valentines day) or the giant dog stuffed animal (uh, what do you do with that eye sore) from a college boyfriend?

Look- its great if you enjoy the night of romance with your partner- but the whole holiday is so full of pressure and expectations it could suffocate someone. Plus the selection of gifts is cringe worthy. Foiled roses, red tacky lingerie, and heart candy? No thank you.

I haven’t always felt this way. I used to get excited about V-day. I would plan sentimental gift ideas for my guy. Then the inevitable would happen- I would over do it and wonder why he didn’t get me the gift I hinted at for weeks. I would wonder what every other “lucky” girl was doing for valentines day, moping around like a sad bear.

Oh yea, and those years of being single on Valentines day are even worse. It’s like the national holiday reminding you of your single-hood.

Maybe it’s the many years of bad experiences, or the fact that as a mom with a baby I lives in my jeans and converse now, that I’m just not in the mood to get dressed up and go all out on V-day, but this is the first year I actually forgot that it was coming. The good ole store reminded me that next week it was time to tell my husband I love him with a hallmark card.

Well, Brian and I haven’t celebrated V-day since we’ve been married, and I’m relieved this year I’m not scrambling to do so. I treat V-day a lot like New Years- I’m happy staying home with a good flick and take out dinner with my cherished one (whom I DO love!)

Comments

  1. says

    Valentine’s day is not very popular in this part of the world (SE Europe), people tend to call it “commercialized” or “just an American trend”. Hubby and I never seem to celebrate it anyway. Here it’s considered to be just something for high school couples.

    And I agree the selection of gifts is horrible – ceramic teddy bear, c’mon. I believe even an average teenager would hate it.

    But, as another mum in jeans, I like the Vday crafts for kids, that’s something I really look forward to. 😉

  2. says

    I don’t care either way… I’ll take candy regardless of its shape 🙂 I will say, though, that as a mom who lives in jeans, the thought of getting dolled up for a night without the kids is appealing, but I won’t be doing it on this “holiday”. Thankfully I have a man who sends me flowers just because 🙂

  3. says

    I’m a new follower from the “I love my online friends” hop! I’m 25 and married and haven’t decided yet if I hate or like (notice, I didn’t say “love”) Vday! I find myself relating to this post, though! 🙂

  4. says

    Did I write this and not remember it? I totally got a second hand bear once and I got the big floppy dog from a guy in college! Actually, the same person gave me both.

    I’ve always felt that if you care about someone, you should show it all year, not just because it’s a specific day of the year!

  5. says

    Awww, even though you said not to, I had to come read this! I can’t believe some of your crazy gifts!! haha And don’t worry, I don’t hold anything against you for writing this 😉 I chose to read it, it wasn’t every single status on Facebook this morning! haha Also, you are a no-reply blogger, so I’m sorry I couldn’t respond to your email directly. I hope you have a nice week (including Thursday 😉 ).

    Meg

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