Why Valentine’s Day is My Favorite Holiday

Why Valentine’s Day is My Favorite Holiday

As a hopeless romantic, Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday during the year! I love all the things that go along with it and if you want to know more about that, click here! #valentinesday #love #valentines

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??

Related: 5 Ways to Survive Winter Family Gatherings as an Introvert

 

Celebrate Myself

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. 

 

Romantic Gifts

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.

Related: Best Gifts to Get Your Guy for Valentine’s Day

 

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? 

 

Love

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.

 

TL;DR

  • 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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This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Michael Kelly

    I think for me you summed it up the one big advantage of Valentine’s Day. It was of the few holidays that there is no obligation to spend it with family. A much needed break after the Christmas season.

    But I do think Valentine’s day is a bit one sided. Often people only see romantic love but there is other kinds of love besides romance. Valentine’s day is a good way to remind myself of the things I do love in life besides my partner.

    1. Yes! Friendship definitely has a love, though the holiday is more geared towards couples. I’ll be spending this V-Day getting surgery on my finger, so I won’t be doing much celebrating. lol

  2. gypsysoulsun

    I really feel lucky to love all holidays. But most of them took a turn after my brother died. Especially Thanksgiving because he died the Saturday after Thanksgiving. What I have found helped me find my holiday joy again is making new traditions. New ways of celebrating that make me and my husband and daughter happy- whatever that looks like. It took me time to heal and get there but I did.

    1. This is what I’ve been trying to do. I have my own issues with Christmas and I had a trauma on the 4th of July. I haven’t been able to successfully create new traditions around those times. Valentine’s Day is one of those days not centered around family which is a relief for me. I get to choose who I celebrate with.

      1. gypsysoulsun

        Yes, I think some of those holidays we feel like we HAVE TO- and I just realized I don’t HAVE TO do anything but feed my soul. So that’s what I do now.

        1. I’m slowly getting there. I felt so guilty for not spending Christmas with family this year, but it was the least stressful holiday I’ve had in years.

          1. gypsysoulsun

            I hear you. Keep going. Creating boundaries for self preservation and mental health are ok. You DESERVE peace, contentment and happiness!

          2. Haha. I tried creating boundaries and the other person tried deciding it was time for us to talk again. Like, no, you don’t get to decide when or if I talk to you.

          3. gypsysoulsun

            Yuck- seriously- they are called boundaries for a reason! I wish you luck in finding your holiday joy! And I am wishing you a wonderful Valentine’s day!

  3. I enjoy Valentines Day, like you because it is one of the days you don’t need to spend with family and who says you need to celebrate it with a partner why not spend it doing something you enjoy or spending it with friends also all the beautiful flowers that come into shops around Valentines Day I tend to end up buying for myself!!!

    1. Yes! I planned on sending myself a small edible arrangement at work that day but I have a medical procedure scheduled so I had to take the day off.

  4. solidparent

    I also love that Valentines day is not a whole family Turkey dinner holiday. It is nice to celebrate the love we have created!

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