Tuesday, February 10, 2009

V-Day or D-Day??

Valentine's Day


Doom's Day??

There's always a lot of discussion when
Valentine's Day comes around whether it is a:

good holiday

or a:
bad holiday.

I say good.

The hubby says bad.

There are many stories and legends surrounding how this holiday came about. The story I have heard is about the Roman emperor Claudius. He banned marriage for young soldiers because he believed that men were better soldiers if they had no wives or children. Upon hearing this outrageous ban St. Valentine took it upon himself to secretly perform marriages for young lovers. Claudius found out about these secret marriages and eventually executed St. Valentine on February 14th. I told Eric this story and he said St. Valentine should have been executed but only because the event brought about such a stupid holiday. D-Day all the way I'm sure he'd say.

Valentine's Day is associated with young lovers hence all the commercialism of gifts and flowers for couples. I think that's mostly why Eric hates this holiday. Too much commercialism. I think Valentine's day should be marketed better for love in general (if you believe in marketing at all) and not just for couples. Everyone has someone they love whether it's family or a friend. At least I hope everyone has someone to love. This holiday has the highest suicide rate second only to Christmas. It also leaves singles with feelings of loneliness and sadness.

Despite all the bad hype that Valentine's Day
gets I just can't help myself but to love it!

I love:

cutsie cards
heart shaped breakfasts
pink dinners
valentine crafts
making valentine cookies
conversation heart candy
spending time with loved ones
& just the plain old excuse to party.

I'm looking forward to Valentine's day even if it ends up being only Carlee and I to celebrate it. Eric has to work that night (which he's told me he's glad). Collin might go with grandpa to pick up his new truck (not sure on that yet). So, if its just us girls that will be okay too. We'll have a day to appreciate each other. I see Valentine's day as just another day to celebrate loved ones. We should be doing that every day anyways! So, to all you V-Day haters: don't hate, appreciate. You don't have to be married or have a boyfriend/girlfriend to celebrate Valentine's day. Just appreciate the loved ones you do have in your life. Or spend the day appreciating someone most people don't celebrate often enough: yourself!

Hope you have a:


1 of you hit me up with a comment.:

Holly said...

I'm with your husband on this one. I don't like Valentine's Day for the same reason I don't like Mother's Day: the hype, the cost and the pressure. I think it's ridiculous to put so much emphasis on love and romance for one day: as if that one day is the basis for the whole year.

I don't need recognition on Valentine's Day to know that my husband loves me. He shows me in countless ways every day, and I hope I do the same for him.

It can be fun to use it as an excuse to make cookies and do cute things. The boys and I will make cookies and I like the extra chocolate treats and like you said, doing fun stuff for my family. But I would be very happy to see all the commercialism go away. I realize it never will.