Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is an interesting holiday. I find that people do one of two things: boycott it (i.e. whine, moan, and complain about how horrible it is) or embrace it (with all the money, time, and effort that implies). I guess I would fall more in the "embrace it" category. I mean, I realize that it's commercialized and just a ploy for Hallmark to make tons of money. But I try to find ways around that. For example, this year I made my husband a photo album of the past 9 years we've known each other (Wow! I didn't realize it'd been that long). I didn't buy him a card, because I know he hates them and usually throws them away. So, I managed to give him something he wanted, but that was also sort of mushy.

Anyway, all that to say that I think it's ridiculous to hate a holiday just because you don't think you have a reason to celebrate. (Lots of people celebrate Christmas even though they don't know the true reason to celebrate.) So I guess I'd rather celebrate Valentine's Day and just find ways to make it less about marketing and more about love.