I personally am not a huge Valentine's Day person. I think when I was younger it seemed much more important to me to have someone to spend the day with, but as I have gotten older, I have realized that it really isn't that big of a deal. Not that I wouldn't want to spend the day with someone special, but it doesn't need to be a huge production. Homemade dinner, wine and a good movie = best Valentine's Day ever to me.
"But Kristin, don't you know Valentine's Day is just a product of the card companies in order to make money?"
So what if it was? Go out there and support the economy by buying a Valentines Day card that costs $2.00. And what's so wrong with a day dedicated to showing how much people care for one another??
"Kristin, I don't have anyone to spend the day with and it is going to be completely miserable.."
You don't need someone else to spend the day with. Who says Valentine's Day has to be celebrated with someone you are in love with?
So for all of you who want some ideas for what to do or how to celebrate the day (with or without a significant other) here are some ideas.
1) Send a Valentine's Day card to a family member: Have a brother or sister you don't see that often? Maybe a family member who might be lonely on the day, like a grandparent without a significant other. Those people will love to get a card from you, because chances are they a) miss you b) love you c) will feel a little less lonely knowing you are thinking of them. Doesn't just have to be to one of them, send out a whole bunch! You will really be feeling the love when they are calling to say thank you!
2) Pamper yourself: Girls, who says you need a man to rub your feet!? Get a professional to do it for you! A massage, mani-pedi, facial... whatever you need! Treat yourself to something amazing that will make you feel relaxed and on top of the world.
3) Get together with friends: Now I say this with caution. I'm not a fan of the whole, "lets us single girls all get together and get drunk and complain about being alone.." Valentine's Day. Mainly, because it isn't productive. It may make you feel better to know you aren't the only single girl, but at the end of the night you are going to go home alone, drunk and emotional. Better idea. Go out to an amazing dinner with a couple close girl friends. Eat amazing food, drink some wine, and just enjoy one another. Relish in the fact that you are celebrating Valentine's Day the way you are suppose to, with the people you care about! First one to bring up being alone pays for the appetizer!
4) Show some love to the less fortunate: Think you have it bad because there is no one to buy you chocolates (that you will regret eating anyway)? It helps to keep things in perspective. Volunteer for the evening at a local soup kitchen and spread the love to the people who need it most. You will leave feeling more love than you could possibly know.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!