Where’s the Love?

I see so many people who post on Facebook, Twitter, their blogs, wherever proclaiming that they just HATE Valentine’s Day.  The usual reason given is that it is a made up holiday, manufactured by Hallmark to sell cards.  Which I’m not necessarily arguing with.   They do sell a lot of cards and have spurred on a certain level of “oh, I have to have something to give to my long, long list of loved ones” in the general public.

My whole thing is:  Is this enough reason to dis the Holiday altogether?  I mean, at the heart of it, Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a day to celebrate love and romance.  Whether or not you pump your hard earned dollars into Hallmark or other venues of chocolate and flowers is up to you but what is so wrong with having a day to focus on our relationships?

And there are those who have no significant other that claim to hate the holiday and I do get that too.  Surviving in a world gone lovey-dovey when you are in fact alone is definitely a major bummer.  But I don’t think Valentine’s is soley for people in a romantic relationship.  You can spread the sentiment to your friends and family and even your pets if that’s what you want.  Because, after all, all love is not romantic.  Love is a universal concept, and one that should be shared.

Which, I think, is the point of Valentine’s Day in the first place.

I don’t’ think it should be a chore.  Put as much or as little effort into it as you wish.  I myself tend to prefer the little, subtle things.  A colored picture from a child, a love note left for you to find in the fridge, a moment taken in the bustle of the day to hug your loved ones and let them know that you care about them.

Hating Valentine’s because of Hallmark is almost like hating Halloween because of candy manufacturers.  Or Christmas because of Walmart.  If you’re frustrated by commercialism, then strip that away and look for the genuine meaning of the holiday.  Take a moment to savor the chocolate and pass the feeling on.

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