I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. I don’t go gaga over bouquets of flowers (you spend all that money only for them to die). Chocolates don’t impress me either (not really a novel gift for someone who eats chocolate every day). And those cutesy stuffed animals and balloons? Come on, stuffed animals and balloons are for kids.

I’ve always viewed V-Day as a glorified Hallmark holiday. Does that make me unromantic? Am I the Valentine’s Day equivalent of Ebenezer Scrooge?

This year I’m going to look at Valentine’s Day from a different perspective. Instead of seeing the holiday as an excuse for couples to spend money on dying, fattening, and childish presents, I’m going to see it as the holiday for celebrating love. That’s what it’s supposed to be all about anyway, isn’t it? And I don’t think it has to be solely about romantic love. I love my family. I love my friends. Maybe Valentine’s Day is just about making sure they know it.

(But of course a large part of the holiday is about romantic love, so I plan to share a V-Day date night with the hubby after his timely return from a trip this afternoon.)

What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? Do you love the flowers and the chocolates or are there other V-Day traditions you prefer? Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, have a wonderful day! And remember to spread the love.

Do you remember exchanging Valentine’s cards in school as a kid?  Making sure you bought the perfect cards for all your friends?  Using your very best handwriting for the boys you especially liked?  Counting the cards at the end of the day and taking note of who wrote a message beyond just signing their name?  Having kids is like reliving the past.

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