Valentine’s Day is stupid, but so are all holidays, if you think about it.
People say that Valentine’s Day was created by Hallmark and Russell Stover to make you buy their stuff. People complain that you should be all cute and warm and fuzzy toward your partner every day of the year, not just February 14th.
That’s all true, BUT where are the people pooping all over Flag Day or National Free Iced Coffee Day?
Every holiday is established to set aside a particular day to commemorate something specifically: veterans, presidents, organized labor, explorers who enslaved native peoples and began a horrific, centuries-long genocide. These are all people we should remember throughout the year, not just on their “day,” so why should Love be any different?
So I’m not one to dump all over Valentine’s Day, though the way it’s traditionally sold to people (chocolates, flowers) isn’t really our thing. We usually go out to dinner, maybe exchange a card; one year, we went to go see Teeth. (Yes, that Teeth.)
Yesterday, though, we literally ordered a pizza and watched an old episode of “Parks & Recreation.” It was the first night in our new place where we weren’t running a bunch of errands or unpacking or moving a bunch of stuff, and there was nothing we wanted more than to just get into some PJs and relax. And it was wonderful.
Valentine’s Day, like any holiday, is what you make of it. It’s only dumb if you ascribe to a bunch of preconceived notions about what the holiday is supposed to be and don’t infuse it with your personal spin.
All holidays are dumb, but they can be great. Except for Sweetest Day. That’s pretty dumb.