Ah, Valentine's Day...love it or loathe it?

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    Feb 08, 2011 11:07 AM GMT
    V-Day is probably my least favorite day of the year for 2 reasons...

    number one, it seems overly focused on the marketing aspect from big companies trying to earn a quick buck.

    Number two, since I grew up being 'in the closet' for so many years, I never really had a valentine of my own. wow, that sounded sad...hey, maybe this year I will have one! There, much more optimistic! icon_wink.gif

    what are your thoughts on the 'holiday'?
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    Feb 08, 2011 11:22 AM GMT
    Never cared about it and loathe it ....Whats so special...
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    Feb 08, 2011 11:24 AM GMT
    Not a fan mainly cause I spend it alone...will be working this valentine's day which will suck even more.
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    Feb 08, 2011 11:43 AM GMT
    I don't care for it. I don't need a single day to come around before I tell my bf how much I love him. I'd rather show him how much he means to me throughout the year.

    He never really had a Valentine's day, so I may do something extra special on that day so he can say he's had a Valentine's day icon_razz.gif Hypocrite, I know.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Feb 08, 2011 12:10 PM GMT
    What holiday isn't overly focused on the marketing aspect and making a buck? They've all been taken over.

    I'm fine with Valentine's Day. When you're in a relationship, it can be very enjoyable. Spoiling someone or being spoiled for the day with a thoughtful gift. Obviously, you have a whole year to be a great bf, but it's nice to have a day set aside for it.
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    Feb 08, 2011 12:11 PM GMT
    i think i am going to like it this year...
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    Feb 08, 2011 12:20 PM GMT
    V day - is a great holiday! I rarely focus it on the guy I'm spending time with in my life, and rather spread the same love to all friends and family members.

    It's wonderful!

    Mike
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    Feb 08, 2011 1:26 PM GMT
    I am not a fan, I don't like the idea of being forced to be romantic on a certain day.
    If the person I was seeing wanted to get me flowers or do some grand gesture any other day then I would love it and be all for it, but I just feel like it is just forced on valentines day.
  • Bunjamon

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    Feb 08, 2011 1:35 PM GMT
    I've never paid attention to Valentine's Day, and I don't understand what all the fuss is about. icon_confused.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 08, 2011 1:49 PM GMT
    It doesn't do much for me honestly. I don't hate it, but Feb 1-15 is the worst time of year for me (if there is one). My mother became seriously ill on February 6th and passed away some years later when I was 24 on February 9th.... It can be the bleakest time of the winter in some ways.

    My partner doesn't like VD although we usually do give cards and some gifts.

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  • petemdc

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    Feb 08, 2011 2:34 PM GMT
    V-day is my birthday. I really don't like having the 2 coincide. However my partner is sweet and tries to make it special. I'm turning 30 this year and having a party. I haven't had a birthday party in 10 years! I'm looking forward to having my family in town and doing something different other than the restaurants packed full of love-birds.
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    Feb 08, 2011 2:55 PM GMT
    I like an excuse to buy stuff for my guy. But it often leads to some amusing moments.

    First, I make no excuse for liking cards by Hallmark, the more elaborate the better. I could buy gay-themed ones at local gay stores, but I find them tacky. And the gay X-rated ones aren't anything we'd want displayed around our home, since we have straight visitors, including our cleaning lady who enters all the rooms.

    So I go to a particular Hallmark store and spend some time, because I want the sentiment expressed to be just right. So there I'll be, standing at the Valentine's card section for "Husband" and "For Him" reading all the cards, getting the oddest glances from the wives and girlfriends around me. LOL!

    And I always get the traditional heart-shaped box of chocolates for him, and will also pick a male or husband decoration theme for the cover if they offer it. Once this place had wooden boxes with either a tuxedo cover, having an actual bow tie and the top part of a miniature dinner jacket with satin lapels, as if the Valentine's heart was wearing it, or else one with an evening gown, complete with corsage.

    So I took the tux one (empty, to be custom-filled at the counter) from the special display and got in line to be served, the candy store crowded on Feb 13th, mostly men there. I got some funny looks from the other guys, in that very conservative upper-midwest city.

    At the counter the woman said to me: "Sir, you've picked the box that a man gets. Would you like me to get you the one for a woman to receive, instead?" She happened to be the store owner, after whom it was named, and she actually hand-made most of the candies herself.

    "No, thank you, this is the one I want." She gave me a very strange look, and for a moment I thought she was going to refuse to sell it to me.

    But she did let me get it, perhaps not willing to pass up a sale of over $200, as I then selected which candies I wanted for it from the glass display case. And no, it wasn't a huge oversized box, just kinda standard size, but her chocolates were locally famous and a bit pricey (not to mention the special box itself, all covered in fabric), and for these better boxes you chose the variety inside them yourself.

    My BF was delighted with it, BTW. And he knew the store, flattered that I hadn't bought him some cellophane-wrapped Fanny Farmer cardboard thing from a drugstore. And that the card I selected (again Hallmark) perfectly matched the box, as if they were a matched set.

    And now I've gotta start getting my partner his Valentine's stuff, glad for this thread because I always forget these dates are approaching. As usual he'll get hand-made candy from a locally operated store (I could get Godiva from their own store at the Galleria here, but I prefer the local touch), the Hallmark card, perhaps a balloon, and a Valentine's stuffed bear, cause he loves bears and collects them. And then dinner, of course, with perhaps a more intimate gift presented at table.

    I must admit I don't the like obligatory concept of St. Valentine's Day as it's become, so instead I try to think of it in terms of an opportunity, to do things for my guy that I might not otherwise do, but should. On balance I'm therefore OK with it.
  • neosyllogy

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    Feb 08, 2011 3:18 PM GMT
    Never notice it, whether coupled or no.
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    [Edit: Don't get me wrong, if you and whomever you're with enjoy the holiday more power to you. I just feel the need to roll my eyes a bit at all the people who "loathe" it. Seriously, get over it. If it's just a "hallmark holiday" move on, enjoy other things in your life.
    That said, I do support occasions to remember that we love eachother, so that's all good. ;) ]
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    Feb 08, 2011 3:51 PM GMT
    I don't pay attention to it at all. It's like St. Patrick's Day, who cares (and I'm Irish).

    However, I do remember giving out those little Valentine cards to classmates as a kid, even to the boys. Remember that? You included everyone. They should do more stuff like that in school.
  • SoDakGuy

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    Feb 08, 2011 4:00 PM GMT
    LOVE IT.

    It means one day closer to Spring!
  • conquer

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    Feb 08, 2011 4:06 PM GMT
    loathe it, its a silly "holiday". i've never liked it and i doubt i ever will
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    Feb 08, 2011 4:18 PM GMT
    go_vols saidV-Day is probably my least favorite day of the year for 2 reasons...

    number one, it seems overly focused on the marketing aspect from big companies trying to earn a quick buck.

    Number two, since I grew up being 'in the closet' for so many years, I never really had a valentine of my own. wow, that sounded sad...hey, maybe this year I will have one! There, much more optimistic! icon_wink.gif

    what are your thoughts on the 'holiday'?
    Valentines Day is not my favorite holiday because i have no one to spend it with icon_cry.gif but i always get my Mama sumthinicon_razz.gificon_wink.gif
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    Feb 08, 2011 4:25 PM GMT
    This ones not tough at all. When I am dating someone I forget it and when I am single nobody will let me forget about it.

    I loathe the shit out of it.....

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    Feb 08, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    Meh. I prefer the day after when all candies are 50-75% off. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Chackers

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    Feb 08, 2011 5:03 PM GMT
    bigeasydude saidMeh. I prefer the day after when all candies are 50-75% off. icon_biggrin.gif


    such optomism! icon_biggrin.gif

    never had a valentine myself, but i think its nice to set a day for people with busy lives to just appreciate each other.
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    Feb 08, 2011 5:08 PM GMT
    it would be nice to share it with someone. But I don't obsess about it and all that chocolate going on sale after, is a nice treat too.
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    Feb 08, 2011 5:09 PM GMT
    Valentines Day sucks!
    I celebrate Singles Awareness Day!
    What i do is wear black and throw expired candy at straight couples, lol!
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    Feb 08, 2011 5:09 PM GMT
    I'm not a fan at all, as I find it cheesy and excessively commercialized.
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    Feb 08, 2011 5:10 PM GMT
    I have been in a similar situation, OP. So I haven't had a real Valentine's Day date my whole life either. But I don't really mind V-Day. Just another day to me, pretty much. Lovers can be in love, no biggie for me!

    Even if I wanted one this year, I have class from 7pm to almost 10pm so I couldn't really do much anyways.

    But hopefully someday in the future I will have a real V-Day with someone I really like! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 08, 2011 5:12 PM GMT
    But i might change my tune this year...

    go_vols, will you be my Valentine? icon_wink.gif <3