I frigging love Valentine’s Day. Indulge me for a moment. Put aside your preconceived notions of Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine. If I described a mythical day in which you get to give and receive chocolate during a month that is cold and thus you are turning into a bear and need sustenance as part of your hibernation process, you enjoy flowers when you haven’t seen any foliage or plant life forms indoors or out for months and you’re invited/encouraged to randomly tell those around you that they are awesome and that you love them – wouldn’t you normally be stoked? Yet I hear it from everyone when I bring red velvet cupcakes to work, whip out my “love” stamp pad and start sending love notes to my girlfriends: “I hate Valentine’s day”.
My love for Valentine’s Day is genetic. I remember every year my mother would give my sisters and I a little Valentine’s day gift (I remember one year Minnie Mouse pajamas covered in hearts that I wore for years until they were literally worn out), bake treats for us to bring to school and buy supplies for us to painstakingly craft cards for everyone in our class (which she insisted we ensure everyone received). So while I sometimes didn’t get very many Valentine’s in my manila envelope mailbox at school, didn’t have a significant other until after Y2K or watched in horror as my grade five crush stepped on my homemade valentine in front of the cool kids in the cafeteria – my V-Day spirit could not be hampered. I’m 30 years old and my mother still sends me a Valentine’s Day card each and every year.
When your love of V-Day runs as deep as mine, and you foisted said adoration upon others, you’ve heard all the reasons why:
It’s just a holiday made up by greeting card companies – nope, according to the History Channel (because you should regularly quote television history sources instead of books) V-Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century with its origins based in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.
I’m single V-Day is for Couples – wrong, I was perpetually single for years and that never stopped me from making cards for my family, friends and coworkers to show them that I liked them because they were just swell! This isn’t the movie Valentine’s Day, where Jessica Biel sets up a sorry sad sap party where single ladies get hateful. V-Day is for celebrating love, all kinds of love.
You should demonstrate your love everyday instead of one holiday – ohhhh boys! This one is my favourite. Yes, of course you should, that’s completely accurate and fair. But why not have a day in which you make an extra effort to do so, or where some perpetually clueless folks get a reminder to step up their game?
Still hate Valentine’s Day? Well if you are feeling cantankerous, crotchety and critical here’s a fact: there are programs where you get to send Valentines to Veterans in old age facilities to brighten their day. Bust out your best red glitter and light a fire to melt that ice cold heart of yours.