Happy Appreciate Those You Love Day!!

You may or may not have noticed, but the title of this post is not ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’.  You see, I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day.  It is so over commercialized and cookie-cutter.  And I’m acutely aware that not all of us have a significant other to share this day with (myself included).  Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of a day where you go out of your way to appreciate those whom you love, I just don’t like what Valentine’s Day has turned into.  I don’t see why we can’t appreciate all those we love instead of just our significant other and I think that this holiday has become unoriginal and impersonal.  When there is so much pressure to spend a lot of money on dinner and gifts (and those gifts are expected to be one of only a handful of things, such as flowers, jewelry, and chocolate), I think we are apt to forget the real meaning of the holiday.  And those gifts become more a reflection of our society than our personal likes and interests.  Flowers delivered on a random day are much more meaningful than ones received on the same day everyone else gets some.  What happened to getting heartfelt gifts?

I also don’t see why this can’t also be a day to appreciate our family and friends.  Why is it so focused on doing something with your significant other?  And I don’t mean that we should buy expensive gifts for everyone.  Maybe one small gift, and some time spent together.  A nice, home-cooked meal.

However, I don’t want to ruin your holiday or anything.  So, if you like Valentine’s Day, Happy Valentine’s Day, and if you don’t, have a wonderful evening!