(Closed) Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Why/why not?

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Post # 77
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Sugar bee

Yes. I think it’s fun. Sure, it’s totally commercialized and overdone, but even when I was single I thought it was a great deal of fun and loved handing out silly Valentines to my friends and family, eating delicious chocolate and watching sappy movies. Fiance and I try to find a fun way to celebrate every year (though the year I bought us SU basketball tickets totally backfired when I got a stomach flu and he had to take a male friend instead haha).

Not sure what we’re doing this year, but he got the day of and after off, so yay!

I don’t limit showing my love to just my SO on the day, though. I give plenty of love to my family and friends, and my mom was always really into it and gave us valentine’s day baskets… so maybe it just holds a lot of sentimentality for me?

Post # 78
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We stopped celebrating last year because Feb 21 was our 6 month anniversary. We decided to continue with that for the future. It works because our dating anniversary is on January 21 so on Feb 21 we are celebrating our dating anniversary, valentines day and our 1/2 year wedding anniversary. I like that it’s our day, not the same day everyone else is celebrating.

Post # 79
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5667 posts
Bee Keeper

Yes we do. Not with chocolates and champagne, but we use it as an excuse to get dressed up and go out for dinner.

Post # 80
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Valentine’s Day is a big day in my family haha, it’s my birthday! So we exchange little Valentine gifts and then I get more gifts/chocolate for my birthday (: It’s also a good excuse to go out for supper and be fancy haha

 

Post # 81
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Buzzing bee

@penguin:

Do you celebrate? Anyone like me with such sad memories of V-day as a single person that they don’t feel like celebrating it, despite being madly in love? ๐Ÿ™‚

Wow, I really can relate to your feelings on this. Valentine’s Day was painful for me for many years when I was single, in my 40s, and losing all hope that anyone would ever want to marry me. I remember trying to cheer myself up by buying myself flowers, getting together with friends for girls’ night out, even buying myself a pink nightie or chocolates a couple of times, etc. Ugh.

But I’m the opposite of you. I love that we are able to celebrate Valentine’s Day now. DH and I started dating at Christmas 2009 and started to get really serious a couple of weeks before Valentine’s. We went all out that Valentine’s Day! He took me out for a romantic dinner with live jazz music, brought a dozen roses and champagne. He gave me a beautiful enamel heart-shaped box with a love note inside. I think I cooked something special for him but I can’t remember. We exchanged mushy Valentine’s cards and in fact that was the first night that he slept over at my apartment.

After having been depressed and frustrated by the holiday for so many years, it was soooo redeeming to have an all-out Valentine’s Day weekend. I remember thinking at the time that if this relationship didn’t work out, at least I would be able to remember one perfect Valentine’s Day for the rest of my life.

Now that DH and I are together, I want to keep making up for lost time. Every time we celebrate it together, it makes me feel good knowing that I’m not alone anymore.

This past year, DH (then boyfriend) bought two Valentine’s cards for me because he liked them both and couldn’t make up his mind. He saved one and surprised it with me last summer. He gave it to me for no reason, just because. Inside, he wrote: “Every day is Valentine’s Day with you!” (What a sweetie!)

Anyway, I can kind of see your point of view too, and to each her own. I think it’s cute that you celebrate President’s Day! Whatever you choose to do, have fun with it!

๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 81
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2393 posts
Buzzing bee

@penguin:

Do you celebrate? Anyone like me with such sad memories of V-day as a single person that they don’t feel like celebrating it, despite being madly in love? ๐Ÿ™‚

Wow, I really can relate to your feelings on this. Valentine’s Day was painful for me for many years when I was single and increasingly convinced no one would ever want to marry me. I remember trying to cheer myself up by buying myself flowers, getting together with friends for girls’ night out, even buying myself chocolates a couple of times, etc. Ugh.

But I’m the opposite of you. I love that we are able to celebrate Valentine’s Day now. DH and I started dating at Christmas 2009 and started to get really serious a couple of weeks before Valentine’s. We went all out that Valentine’s Day! He took me out for a romantic dinner with live jazz music, brought a dozen roses and champagne. He gave me a beautiful enamel heart-shaped box with a love note inside. I think I cooked something special for him but I can’t remember. We exchanged mushy Valentine’s cards and in fact that was the first night that he slept over at my apartment.

After having been depressed and frustrated by the holiday for so many years, it was soooo redeeming to have an all-out Valentine’s Day weekend. I remember thinking at the time that if this relationship didn’t work out, at least I would be able to remember one perfect Valentine’s Day for the rest of my life.

Now that DH and I are together, I want to keep making up for lost time. Every time we celebrate it together, it makes me feel good knowing that I’m not alone anymore.

Anyway, I can kind of see your point of view too, and to each her own. I think it’s cute that you celebrate President’s Day! Whatever you choose to do, have fun with it!

๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 82
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We do! Usually just with dinner and a gift exchange, nothing too extreme. I think it’s a nice excuse to get out and celebrate love!

Post # 83
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@All In: I agree! I guess I didn’t have a lot of single Valentine’s Days, because Fiance and my first v-day together was when we were 18.

Post # 84
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

We celebrate valentine’s day in so much as it’s a wonderful excuse to go out and have an expensive steak dinner together! And maybe not feel bad about eating more chocolate than I should. We don’t do anything extravagant though – no flowers, grand romantic gestures, cards, etc.

 

mm…now my mouth is watering for that steak! One more month haha

Post # 85
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Fiance and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s always felt contrived and fake to us, and we do little things throughout the year to celebrate our love. But I do make it a point to gift my students, friends, and family with cards or flowers or something small to show my appreciation for them. 

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