Five Reasons to Boycott Valentine’s Day

Ciao Readers!  Happy belated New Year to you and Birthday to me!

So, I think I am making reposting this – my most “liked” post ever – a yearly tradition. Enjoy!

Originally posted in February of 2016:

So, today I go off on a tangent (i.e. mini-rant); one of my only posts not about travel or food. I figure, I have this grand public forum, why not totally abuse it?  If you don’t know this about me, I HATE (yes H-A-T-E) Valentine’s Day and have since I was a teenager.  I honestly think it is the worst, most sadistic/masochistic, commercialised abomination ever.  I hope you’ll agree and join my 3-decades long boycott.  Here’s why…. (in no specific order and somewhat redundant)….

  1. No one ends up satisfied.  Seriously, how many people are out there right now building up their expectations for Valentine’s Day and how many people are fretting about the expectations put on them? What percentage of people on February 15 think “YAY, let’s do that again!” v. “Whew, thank goodness that’s over!” or “Boy, am I disappointed!”?
  2. It makes kids feel bad.  Do you remember counting the valentines cards you got in elementary school?  How about the carnations you got in jr. high or high school?  I remember the “popular” girls would all have tons – it took a couple of years to realize they were buying them for each other – they weren’t more loved than us other kids, they just had more spare lunch money and a marketing plan.
  3. It makes adults feel lonely.  If you don’t have that “special someone” to spend Valentine’s Day with you end up feeling left out, sad, lonely, etc. It seems like a day that’s specifically meant to make you feel bad (crappy premise for a holiday, no?!). As I am old and un-hip, I am not 100% certain how this works, but I am guessing this societally-induced feeling leads to alot of poor [tinder?] [grindr?] decisions at about 11:30 p.m.
  4. Big Hallmark owns you.  Seriously, do you need Hallmark to tell you when to express your love, appreciate the people around you, buy your wife flowers, call your mom, and so on?  Okay, maybe you do, but you could revolt and just pick any other day of the year.
  5. The candy is 50% cheaper the next day.  Seriously, same delicious chocolate, half the price.  ‘Nuff said.

Since this post does not readily lend itself to photos, but I’ve learned that photos are de rigueur, I am about to randomly pick some that I think would make good anti-Valentine’s day cards….



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  1. Selma Rockett

     /  January 31, 2019

    I loved the pictures!!!

  2. Mom & Pop

     /  January 31, 2019

    I second that motion!!!

    Your photos are always great!

  3. Reblogged this on New Mexico to Italy and commented:

    Ciao Readers! Today’s re-blog post is dedicated to my friend who has *almost* made me rethink my stance on V-Day. She enjoys it so much and is so kind that I was inspired to make her a V-day present with my own two hands. But lest you think I have succumbed to big Hallmark, at this time I still stand by this – my most “liked” post of all time. The real test will be if you see it re-posted again here next year or not…..

  4. I once knew someone who felt much like you – especially the Big Hallmark part. She and her husband willfully chose a different day of the year to have their own “love celebration” or whatever it was they called it.

    I remember one Valentine’s Day when I was a boyfriendless teenager. I was at my job bagging groceries in a supermarket and all the flowers, cards, and chocolates kept coming down the conveyor belt for me to bag up. My eyes were welling up with “poor me” tears my whole shift.

    I don’t have either a love it or hate it stance on Valentine’s Day. The husband and I keep it low-key. No presents. We usually use it as an excuse to either go out to dinner or make something fancy at home (lobster maybe?) and we’ve developed a habit of having chocolate fondue for dessert. However, I recognize why it’s loathed by many. Actually, the commercialization and Big Hallmark idea you mentioned could be applied to many holidays in recent years. I’ve even seen Halloween greeting cards. Really?

    Great post, by the way.

  5. A similar disdain for Valentines Day can be applied to cutesy emojis on social media.


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