Duke It Out: Valentine’s Day?

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OK I know what you’re thinking, “ugh, another Valentine’s post.” You’re probably as sick of hearing about this lovey-dovey holiday as I am (seriously, they put up the Cupid decorations on New Year’s Day!) but I think it’s about time we really had it out on this one.

Valentine’s Day – do or don’t?

On the one hand, I know a lot of people (single and not) who would just as soon abolish the holiday. If you’re single, V-Day can be a real downer – all those movies and shows about love, everyone who’s not single walking around and cooing about how great their significant other is (or complaining that they weren’t romantic enough), plus, if you want any of the chocolate that’s freaking everywhere, you have to go and buy it for yourself which can be a definite blow to the ego.

And if you’re in a couple, it’s no better because you suddenly have to do something. You have to find a present – making sure it’s not too serious but still serious enough – and do something romantic and potentially wear really uncomfortable underwear. It’s a pain in the butt (potentially literally)! The best case scenario is that you try not to make a big deal of it, maybe hang out with friends, and basically ignore the whole thing – so what’s the point?

On the other hand, I have had some cool Valentine’s Days (mostly without a guy). It’s a good excuse to go out and celebrate being single/coupled and fabulous, plus there’s gonna be tons of cheap candy around come February 15. V-Day is also pretty much the only real holiday we have that’s based around an emotion; it’s a day when it’s not weird or out of the blue to tell your mom/best friend/guy who delivers your takeout that you love them. Couldn’t we all use a day to just let everyone know they’re appreciated and be appreciated in return (now that I think about it, can we make this every Monday?)? Shouldn’t we all just embrace the love and not let a few little things get in the way of the spirit of the holiday?

What do you say, girls? Should Valentine’s Day go the way of it’s name sake (St. Valentine was executed, FYI)? Or is it worth keeping around, romantic entanglements or not? Duke it out!

Coupled. And Yes, I Hate Valentine’s Day!
Coupled. And Yes, I Hate Valentine’s Day!
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