A lot of people don’t like Valentine’s Day because it’s become such a commercial holiday. Like with Christmas, the push for the holiday are gifts, and it seems like each year the gifts have to be more extravagant than the last, and that if you don’t receive a certain type of gift or a gift worth a certain amount than your partner doesn’t love you.
I get it, I do. But I like the idea of it being about love and celebrating your partner, if you have one.
I am, however, a hopeless romantic. That means I love just about everything involving love. I love the idea of love, the idea of being in love, being in love in general… I love the idea of being able to find someone I want to spend the rest of my life with, and so on.
So why is Valentine’s day my favorite of holidays? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out.
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Why Valentine’s Day is My Favorite Holiday
Compared to Other Holidays
Valentine’s is probably the only holiday that I’ve been able to call my own. I know that sounds weird, but it’s the only real holiday that doesn’t have any bad or stressful memories tied to it.
Thanksgiving and Christmas involve seeing family, and my family wasn’t exactly the best. There were a lot of boundaries being crossed and secret passive aggressiveness that it just took a toll on me. It’s why I do Thanksgiving alone and why this year I had to do Christmas alone.
The only other holiday that I’ve ever really celebrated is the 4th of July, and that was ruined for me due to a trauma a good 5+ years ago. It’s the reason I no longer drink.
Halloween comes in close to a likable holiday, I’ve just never been overly excited about it as an adult than when I was a kid. I mean, what kid doesn’t love dressing up at school, having a pizza party for the second half of the day, and then being able to go trick or treating for delicious candy??
Every year I hope to have a relationship during Valentine’s Day. I used to watch as the flowers and various gift baskets or edible arrangements would come in for coworkers from their significant others, and wish I could have that as well.
It’s sort of a sad feeling, not having the ability to have that just yet, but it’s also a day I can celebrate the love I have for myself! And that’s something I’m always working on. Spending Valentine’s Day alone isn’t as depressing as commercials and society wants you to believe. Use it as a day to celebrate you!
This year I might find myself a face mask to do while I wait for a Doordash order in my apartment as I work on my blog. I’m taking the day to do a little something more for myself.
While my love language isn’t gifts, I do love giving them. I’m the kind of person that tries really hard to find the most meaningful thing I could find for whoever I’m giving the gift to. I try to think outside of the box so it’s a little bit of a surprise.
I tend to hone in on some of the more mundane details of conversations I have with people, so you may mention how you need to drink more water, and you’ll be surprised with a fancy water bottle next gift giving season.
When I was in my last pseudo-relationship I got them a key chain customized to us because we were long distance. I also got them a gift card for a massage because they were working a more manual labor logistics job at the time.
Hearts and Red and Pink and Love
I happen to love hearts. It’s been something for me ever since I was a kid. I remember the first time I had to sign a legal document I dotted the “I” in my name with a heart. Still do that to this day.
I also love me some reds and pinks. I’ve recently come back around to that after being more of a tomboy through my childhood and teen years. So I’m more than ready to get my hands on those discounted heart and red/pink decorations and things during the day after Valentine’s Day sales!
Who doesn’t love some heart string lights (at a discount!) to put up in their room?
Overall, I love, love. As a hopeless romantic I like the idea of having romantic moments, and of being so overly in love with someone. I’ve always wanted someone to put as much effort into me as I do them. It’s possible my previous relationships did, but using their own love language, so there was a bit of a disconnect there.
If you haven’t read the 5 Love Languages, I absolutely recommend you do. You and any partner you have. It’s a great way to help understand each other on another level. Especially if you might have issues communicating your love for each other.
But more than that, I want to be able to love someone else. When I fall in love, I tend to fall hard. And when I fall hard, I treat my partners the way I would like to be treated, and sometimes that’s being pampered.
- Other holidays suck for me. Valentine’s Day is the only one not tainted with bad experiences or excess stress.
- I can celebrate myself. It’s just another excuse to celebrate all that is “me” and give myself a pamper.
- Romantic Gifts are adorable. I love when gifts are really thought out and I always love romantic ideas.
- Hearts are great. Pink and red are great. Adorable decorations at 50% off are even greater.
- I still have hope for love one day. And every Valentine’s Day it’s a reminder to myself that it’s still there.
Do you like Valentine’s Day the way I do? What’s your favorite part of Valentine’s Day?
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