10 things I hate about Valentine’s Day

I am not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. Never have been, never will be. Now don’t be mad at me if V-day is a favorite holiday of yours. Just hear me out.

As a a kid, it’s all fun and games. You get to hand out overpriced character cards and candy at school and create cute little boxes to collect all your Valentines in. Once you get into you teen years, it all of a sudden becomes a big deal to everyone. All of a sudden if you don’t get flowers/balloons/chocolate, you’re a loser who sits at home crying into their pint of Ben & Jerry’s. And if you do get that stuff, well then surely you’re meant to be with that person for, like, ever.

Don’t get me wrong here, I LOVE love. I adore sappy romantic movies, have read many a Nicholas Sparks novel and I cry at weddings. I just get annoyed with the over-commercialized fake-ness that is Valentine’s Day.

And I’m sorry if my cynicism is ruining your sugar-induced lovefest, but I feel like we should show our feelings for the ones we love each and every day, not just one day a year (just because Hallmark says so).

What’s my problem with Valentine’s Day you ask? Well, let me tell you. Here are 10 things I hate about Valentine’s Day:

  1. It’s always a let down. No matter how much (or how little) you plan, it never lives up to your lofty, unrealistic expectations. It’s just like New Years Eve.
  2. It forces fake romance/displays of affection. On Valentine’s Day, people throw around the ‘L’ word around because they’re supposed to, not because they genuinely mean it.
  3. Cards are so 1989. Just send me an email and save the $4.99 (or buy me a coffee from Starbucks). Plus cards are just one more thing to clutter up my house.
  4. Single people feel like outcasts. Everything is ‘dinner for 2′ and ‘made for couples’. Single people need loving too you know. And maybe they’re single because they want to be, not because they’re sad, depressed or unlovable.
  5. Cupid is creepy. I’m sorry but a grown man in a diaper with wings and a bow and arrow does not make me think of love. He’s 75% pervert and 25% delusional drunk person.
  6. You’re forced to buy stupid crap. Who needs a stuffed gorilla that sings ‘Love Me Tender’ for $24.99? Nobody, that’s who!
  7. I can’t take the cheesy sayings. Not only are conversation hearts disgusting but their cheesy sayings make me want to vomit.
  8. My kids don’t need more sugar. Not only do we force feed all this Valentine’s crap from an early age but then we pump them full of sugar. Please, just stop. They’re crazy enough.
  9. It ruins my resolutions. We all resolve to be healthy or lose weight for the new year. Then, six weeks later, Valentine’s Day comes at you with candy hearts and chocolate. No one can resist chocolate in the shape of a heart.
  10. If love is blind, why do I have to wear overpriced lingerie?

Now I don’t HATE Valentine’s Day, I just don’t like a lot of things about it. I’ll still be celebrating with my little family by making a special dinner and drinking good wine (which is special because usually I drink just ok wine). I won’t be buying (or recieving) store-bought cards, heart-shaped candy or ridiculous stuffed animals. But hey, that’s just me.

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