Isn’t Valentine’s Day just a Hallmark holiday?

As an adult many times you hear people complain that they hate Valentine’s Day, either because they don’t have a someone special to share it with or because they feel that is just a Hallmark highly promoted holiday to excite consumers in “investing” their money on red and pink decor right after New Year’s decorations are off the racks. Frankly, I’ve been on both sides of the fence even the times that I have been showered with pompous flower arrangements and sparkly jewelry. However, after much observation as a teacher I’ve objectively come to the conclusion that Valentine’s goes deeper than just a Hallmark overrated holiday. Valentine’s Day is different than Halloween and Holiday celebrations. It’s not focused on the candy they’re going to stuff their faces with. Nor is it focused on a specific religious celebration that happens to fall around the winter break that the atheist kid can’t ever seem to wrap his/her head around. Valentine’s Day or whatever label you may want to use, focuses on LOVE; any type of love for that matter. And as complex as this word may be to define, often times is simply what connects people regardless of their nationality, race, religious belief, or sexual orientation. Students today were elated to share Valentine’s Day cards, even when candy was prohibited. They were excited to just let someone know that they had this indescribable feeling they wanted to share. Valentine’s Day may be a highly overrated holiday; nonetheless, it celebrates the beauty at the core of all humans… LOVE or simply how my 7 year old defines it: “Mommy, love is kind, beauty, happy, share”. Happy Valentine’s day!!!
Call me a romantic if you will.

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4 thoughts on “Isn’t Valentine’s Day just a Hallmark holiday?

  1. I always thought Valentine’s Day was all about LOVE and currently feel the same! Enjoying someone’s company and the connection we have for one another. It’s all about expressing your love to your loved ones, that special someone in your life. Although it should be every day that love is given and received. Valentine’s Day is a highly anticipated holiday for many couples, especially if you’re celebrating your first or second such occasion with a loved one. The feeling of being loved to me is substantially greater then receiving some type of materialistic gift. Sure, some shrug the day off with a snarky comment like, “It’s a made up holiday by Hallmark and doesn’t mean anything.” I say, Bah-hum-bug. Valentine’s Day whether you’re single or in a relationship is an awesome a day to celebrate love. It shouldn’t be about feeling bad about yourself if you don’t have a date, or spending hundreds of dollars if you do. I agree with you when you say; we have all been there single on Valentine’s Day, getting over a breakup, lusting after someone we can’t have or perhaps even fighting with our significant other as I did this year.The one thing I learned this year is having someone to celebrate this day on doesn’t make me better than any single women in this world. If I still have the feeling of being lonely and feeling unimportant is by far the worst feeling ever. Having dinner and having nothing to say to each other over the course of the meal because of a minuscule argument is definitely not my ideal Valentine’s Day. There are two paths you can take on a day like today, with so much building up to it even though it has the same number of hours, minutes and seconds as any other day of the year: You can either suck it up and enjoy it just like any other day of the year, or you can feel sorry for yourself for all that’s gone wrong. Never the less, I took a positive side to all this and I am still a hopeless romantic!

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