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Valentine’s Day – Love It or Not?

Posted by Kevin on February 13 at 09:35 pm

Ali and I had our first date on February 3, 1996. We were in high school together, I was a senior, she was a junior. We had a nice date, said goodnight and I went home. The next school week passed without my calling her and we rarely crossed paths in school during the day. The following weekend passed, still I didn’t call her. It’s already been discussed many times that this was STUPID on my part, so trust me, I know what you’re thinking…

Bead Mine!By the time February 13 arrived, I finally realized how dumb I was and redeemed myself by asking her out for Valentine’s Day. She said yes and well, the rest is history. I found out later that in the time between our first date and my eventual call, she told all her friends I was a big jerk and that she’d never go out with me again even if I did call. She must be all talk because it only took her about 3 seconds to say yes to a second date :)

Ever since this first Valentine’s day redemption date, we’ve always celebrated the day. I’ve always liked Valentine’s day. I remember in elementary school, for the first 2 weeks of February, the students ran a “post office” to deliver valentines between the classes. I wasn’t exactly a ladies man in elementary school, so I never got many valentines, but my mom always came up to school and sent me one through the post office to make sure I had at least one to open.

Ali and I normally celebrate the usual ways: a nice dinner out, a card, and maybe a small gift. I hear a lot of people talking about how this “holiday” is for the greeting card companies. While I understand their argument, I like it because it gives me a reason to slow down and have a nice, romantic evening with Ali. Sometimes with Lima Beads, we’re so busy and things are moving so quickly that we can go months without a romantic evening to ourselves, so we welcome February 14th every year.

What’s your opinion – great holiday or greeting card company profit machine? Vote below and share your Valentine’s day plans/history in the comments!

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  1. Steph
    Steph says:

    I love my dogs and they will always love me, so I’m making them some treats for V-day. I’m single right now so I’ll make my Mom a nice dinner too. I’m going to get her some flowers and make her a braclet with the new beads I got from Lima to go with the necklace I made her for Christmas. I hope you and Ali have a nice day too…

  2. Bonnie R
    Bonnie R says:

    I always have special fondness for February 14 because my parents wer married on February 15th. And I was born on the 25th. (a year later) Since my parternal grandmother had 3 new grand babies that February (all within a week of each other) it makes February extra important for me. Mind you other things have occured in February – like the Nisqually earthquake on the 28th of February 2001. overall February is good. plus Valentines day is before my bithday so, my husband is pre-warned that its comming up and has time to do something.

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    Shanyann says:

    I’m hoping for chocolates!!!

  4. Alice P
    Alice P says:

    My first date with the man I married was February 7th (I won’t tell you what year…) We always celebrated Valentines Day with gifts, flowers, chocolates, dinner, etc. But as we got older, added children, better jobs, and hobbies, Valentines day has changed. Now it’s mostly about the kids, with maybe a card and come chocolates for us. While I do agree that all holidays have become too commercialized, we still have control about how we celebrate them. By the way, February is a good month since the 26th is my birthday which I get to share with my twin. My parents often joke that one of us was switched at birth since my twin and I do not look alike, act alice or even have the same taste in clothes, decorating, hobbies, or anything else. Oddly, each of us has some facial features that are similar to other family members, so I guess it’s the real deal. Happy Valentines Day! Alice

  5. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    I agree that holidays have become over-commercialized, but like Alice P said, we can still choose how we want to celebrate them. I love Valentine’s Day because it’s an opportunity to show all the special people in your life that you care about them. Sometimes we get so caught up in day-to-day life that we take little things for granted, so it’s nice when a holiday kind of forces you to take the time out to say “I love you.” Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!! :)

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    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    Valentine’s Day has always been special for my family. My sister was born on Valentine’s Day!! My mom and dad always got all three of us kids gifts for V-Day. For our birthdays, we would have a birthday party, with all the family! So V-Day was always a huge celebration. Even since my siblings and I are older, we still have a birthday party. Last night we went over to my sister’s for banana splits:) My husband and I are going out for dinner tonight with another couple. I hope everyone has a wonderful evening, doing what makes you happy!!
    Happy Valentine’s Day!!

  7. Dona B
    Dona B says:

    Valentine’s Day remains one of my favorite times because it is an opportunity to express love to all those that we cherish and most of all ourselves. Won’t you be YOUR Valentine?

  8. Alita M
    Alita M says:

    I love Valentines day so much that I got married on Valentines day 1987.

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