• Olivia Allred

XOXO, Conversation Heart



Here is a ranking of my favorite holidays: Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day/Thanksgiving. (Any paid holiday is tied after that.) You’ll notice that Valentine’s Day is tied with Thanksgiving; if you can’t figure it out on your own, the reason they are tied is because I love them equally.

I am the only person I know who actually likes Valentine’s Day. Basically everyone I talk to thinks it’s stupid and an excuse for people to get mad at and be disappointed by the people with whom they are in relationships. Ha-ha-ha. They are wrong. Valentine’s Day might be a day where the world celebrates romantic love, but I say it’s a day to celebrate any kind of love. Platonic, familial, self-love, love for your pets or your favorite restaurant, who cares! Let’s celebrate it all and call it Valentine’s.


As a very single person, I feel like I have some authority on Valentine’s Day and all of its pros and cons.


Pros:

1. Valentine’s Day includes all of my favorite things: chocolate, conversation hearts (they said they're not making them anymore, but I have hope), flowers, stuffed animals, the color pink, cutout hearts, love, rom-coms, compliments, punny cards, basically anything your heart desires.

2. February is literally the dreariest month of the entire year—Valentine’s Day is the highlight. It gives you a little something to look forward to while you’re dragging your feet into March, the third dreariest month of the year (unless Easter is at the end of March, then it’s fine).

3. I will take any reason to celebrate and run with it, so Valentine’s is a win.

4. It led to the conception of another great and popular holiday: Galentine’s Day. That’s right: our favorite pop culture holiday would not exist without Valentine’s Day. (Write Valentine's Day a thank you note, you ingrate!)


Cons:

1. People seem to think it’s the only day of the year that you can propose on. I am a lover of love, but have some originality, it’s not the only day love exists.

2. That’s it. My one complaint.


You can do whatever you want and be grumpy on Valentine’s Day if you want, but if you want to have some fun and break free from the idea that you can’t enjoy the concept of love if it’s not perfect or whatever garbage, here are some things that you can do to make this February 14th special:


1. Watch your favorite movie. It doesn’t have to be romantic. I personally tend to stick with He’s Just Not That Into You. Everyone in that show is the worst and I love it.


2. Get yourself a present. Valentine’s is the perfect time to treat yourself. A massage, a bath with rose petals, a fancy dinner for one (or two, I guess, if you have to invite someone).


3. Find a bunch of really awful (not mean, just super cheesy) pickup lines and tell them to random people or to your friends. Who doesn’t like to hear a nice compliment? Maybe stick to your friends; you don’t want people to think you’re creepy.


4. Dress festive. Hearts on everything; pink, red, purple; heart shapes in your hair if you can figure it out without it looking weird (I’ve never been able to); maybe put on some fake wings and carry a bow and arrow with a heart tip at the end. There are so many ways to get people to stare at you on Valentine’s.


5. Make a Valentine’s mailbox like it’s elementary school. Tell your friends to buy you Valentine’s and put them in your cute (but probably in a “tried so hard” way) mailbox. Read them and cry about how much your friends love and appreciate and support you. If your friends are lame, write your own nice little notes and open them throughout the year when you need them, like a little Valentine’s fortune cookie.


6. Tell everyone you love (your mom and dad, your siblings, that one Facebook friend you can’t remember where you met) that you love them.



In conclusion, Valentine’s Day can be super amazing. There’s a lot of pressure for it to be romantic and perfect and the day when you realize true love is real. That’s probably not going to happen, but you can take back Valentine’s Day! Make it fun, make it about you, make it about really loving the people around you, even if nothing is romantic. Live Valentine’s Day like you are a Romantic, and everything has a special, magical purpose to it. (Oh gosh, I’ve figured it out. Valentine’s is the best day of the year to be extra. That’s why I like it.) Valentine’s Day is the best. I’ve proved my point.


Are there any holidays that you love that everyone else seems to hate? What are your favorite and/or least favorite things about Valentine’s Day? (You’re wrong, obviously, but you can try to convince me.)




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