So it’s Valentine’s Day, and some would have you believe that it’s either the best, most romantical (yes, I know it’s not really a word, but it’s mine, so just go with it!) day ever created or the worst. The rest of us that lie somewhere in the middle — between a “meh” and a “where did all these heart-shaped candies come from?”
Googling “history of Valentine’s Day” will bring up an NPR opinion piece that tells of the holiday’s origins from the Romans, to Shakespeare to modern-day Hallmark cards. Towards the end. the piece addresses the issue with how popular and profitable the holiday has become after the industrial revolution, “commercialization has spoiled the day for many. Helen Fisher, a sociologist at Rutgers University, says we have only ourselves to blame. “This isn’t a command performance,” she says. “If people didn’t want to buy Hallmark cards, they would not be bought, and Hallmark would go out of business.”
So do we just like to complain about the hubbab of greeting cards, expensive dinner reservations and boxes of chocolate, then? Do we secretly enjoy these things that advertisers tell us to enjoy about Valentine’s Day? Or do we enjoy them only when we’re the other half of a happy couple?
Not to be confused with Galentine’s Day (where you and your BFF gal celebrate your friendship on February 13) — Singles Awareness Day (or SAD, which is kind of…. sad, really) is what people thought of as the alternative to Valentine’s Day for those not a part of a happy couple. On this day, the thought was/is, being single is a day to be celebrated, encouraged even — by going out to eat or watch a movie alone, buying yourself chocolates or flowers or a piece of jewellery. Things that, apparently single people never did on their own, so thank goodness for SAD! *eye roll*
However you choose to celebrate this Valentine’s Day/SAD, and whether it be together, or alone, be sure to include some good physical lovin’. For those who could use a little help or spice — watch my unboxing of Dame Products’ Eva II on IGTV HERE.