J and I aren’t huge Valentine’s Day fans. While we do think that taking a day to celebrate love and loved ones is a nice idea, we also feel it has become highly commercialized. Plus we tend to be that nauseating lovey-dovey couple on a regular basis, so Valentine’s Day isn’t hugely different for us (a few days ago my neighbor referred to us as “still newlyweds” and I had to point out we’ve been together almost 10 years and married almost 8 – he was surprised!).
We generally don’t do much to acknowledge the holiday. If one of us happens to be at the store we may pick up a card and/or heart-shaped treat, but it’s by no means mandatory. I’m not one of those girls who says I’m OK with not celebrating and is then disappointed. I honestly mean it. J and I surprise each other with flowers and other treats on random occasions and that is more meaningful to us that getting each other gifts because a holiday dictates it’s appropriate.
Please don’t think I’m anti-Valentine’s Day. I’m not. A big to-do just isn’t for us. That’s not to say we don’t have our own V-day tradition. Our first Valentine’s Day together we had planned to go out to dinner, but didn’t plan well enough because we didn’t think to call ahead for a reservation. Everywhere we wanted to go was booked or had a 3+ hour wait. We said screw that and ended up going to Wendy’s (I shudder now to think of eating that crap) and to the grocery store, where we picked up supplies for make-your-own sundaes. Years later, we no longer eat at Wendy’s but we do still celebrate with sundaes.
In other Valentine’s Day-related news, I was excited to see this tweet from Starbucks:
Guess where I’ll be going today at 2 pm? My colleague and I are going to head to SB for our daily walk and I will treat her to a free beverage because I am nice like that.
Finally, the dining hall at the school where I work served tomato soup shooters with heart-shaped grilled cheeses. Is this not adorable?
What’s your take on Valentine’s Day – cute or commercialized?
Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions?