Sunday, February 14, 2010

In Defense of Valentine's Day

So, it is St. Valentine's Day and I suppose that I should talk about that. I don't really want to, but I suppose I should. I know that Valentine's Day gets a bad rap sometimes, and I think that is unfortunate. I know that there have been a lot of years where I was a little bitter, a little put off, or a little angry on VD, but you know what? I think I am over that. I have come to the point where I realize that Valentine's Day is fine for those of us fortunate enough to have a reason to celebrate it, but it doesn't need to be demonized by those of us who are not.

I have have a problem when people say that it is a "Hallmark Holiday." Sure, there are certain holidays that I can but into fitting into the category: Sweetest Day comes to mind when I think of that. But I think VD has gone beyond that, because even if it was started by some greeting card company all that time ago, it has long since transcended that. It has become a cultural mainstay in the West, and in a lot of other places as well. It doesn't matter, it is here and it is legit. If you are choosing not to celebrate Valentine's Day because it is a "Hallmark Holiday" then you are just looking for a reason not to celebrate it, in which case you'd be better off just saying that you don't want to do it.

Oh, and for those of you who are trying to cop out and say that you aren't celebrating VD because you feel you shouldn't need a specific day to show someone you love them, that you should be showing it every day, well shut up. Last I looked at the Venn diagram Valentine's Day fits into the category of "all days." So it is one of everyday so make some Goddamn dinner reservations.

Listen Company, if you don't want to celebrate Valentine's Day that is fine. Just don't do it. But it doesn't need to be trashed, does it? Like everything else, VD is all about what you make it. So if you make it a big production, then it's a big production. If you make it a painful exercise, then that is what it will always be. And if you make it a time of bitter hatred, then it will always be that. But the easiest thing is that if you just make it another day, then it's just another day. And that's the grown up way to do it, now isn't it Company? Happy Valentine's Day everyone.

1 comment:

BradPerala said...

See, that's the thing, I called it a Hallmark holiday myself, until my wife researched it and found it it has some legit roots, developed long before Hallmark was established. So throw that in their faces too.