On Celebrating Valentine’s Day

Maybe it’s because I work in the private sector and we hardly get any paid holidays off (so jealous of my teacher friends!!), but I love to celebrate holidays. Even if it’s just a sweet text message, or an attempt to replicate a project on Pinterest, or a sarcastic e-card, I love days that are a little out of the ordinary. And y’all know by now that I have the world’s biggest sweet tooth—so I fully support any celebration that involves sweets (especially chocolate).


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I made homemade valentines when I was a kid, and my dad would always give me a valentine and a heart-shaped box full of chocolates. When I went off to college, I realized how much I missed that little ritual—especially the years when I didn’t have boyfriends. Valentine’s Day became a day that I celebrated with my single ladies—and we may or may not have watched Sex and the City marathons and gorged on ice cream. Don’t tell them I told you that.

Even when I did happen to be dating someone in February, I never made a big deal about the holiday. I just didn’t see what all the hype was about. I was like:


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I just don’t get excited by the massive consumerism surrounding Valentine’s Day. I’m not a teddy bear girl; I’m a kiss-me-in-the-rain, let’s-run-off-to-Paris kind of girl. Romance to me is all about sweet words, spontaneous adventures, and some of that je ne sais quois.

My brother’s girlfriend scoffs at the holiday. She’s celebrating February 14th by going to an anti-Valentine’s party at a karaoke bar with her friends. And that’s cool—I would have been totally down for that in college. I never would have guessed that one day I would grow up and get married and turn into a cheeseball. These days, Mr. W and I are all:


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So we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day our own way. We’re going to put on some fancy clothes (there’s never enough excuses to get dressed up, if you ask me), catch a couple exhibitions at the art museum (which is open free until late tomorrow—woo!), and then have dinner at our favorite restaurant. (Houston bees—Benjy’s is the shiz. If you haven’t been there, consider it a must.) It’s pretty cliche, yes, but we love art and good food, and we haven’t been out for a nice meal in a while.

I don’t believe in all of the hype surrounding the holiday, but I do get secretly excited for Valentine’s Day (as I do for any other holiday). I’m excited to put on my favorite LBD and go out with my favorite person in the world.

PS: Check out Mrs. Peep Toe’s tips on how to be more green on V-Day. I second her on the Green and Black organic chocolate—divine!

How do you celebrate (or ignore) Valentine’s Day? What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day memory?


Mrs. Wallaby

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November 2012
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  1. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:18 am

    @eeper: Um yes, you need to go back ASAP :) I loooove the original Ninfa’s, they have the best fajitas! It’s such a cute old restaurant too.

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 10:15 am

    I am 100% all in on Valentine’s Day. I love ANY day that gives people a reason to be a little happier and full of love and joy. Single or not, any excuse to celebrate is a win in my book.

    We’re also being pretty typical this V-Day (our last as unmarried folk) by getting dressed up and going to a new, fancy place for dinner – which is way out of our comfort zone.

    Happy V-Day to you and Mr. W – your first as a Mr. and Mrs.! Eat an extra yum in celebration. :)

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    ItalianTraveler 57 posts, Worker bee @ 10:58 am

    I love Valentine’s Day, even if it has become such a commerical holiday!!!

    This is the first year for my husband and myself to celebrate Valentine’s Day together (and really, the first either of us has celebrated V-Day with an SO) so I’m super excited!!!! We aren’t doing too much, just dinner at a place we both like and going to see the new Die Hard movie, but I don’t care. Its still the best Valentine’s Day I’ve ever had. Though he is going to have a hard time ever topping the gift me got me this year…..I got home last night to find he had gotten me a PUPPY!!!!! Now I have puppy love to celebrate too!! 😀

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:31 am

    @StephK527: YES! Agreed.
    @ItalianTraveler: Awwww!!!!!! We’re in the process of looking for a puppy to adopt, and I have like puppy fever. How exciting!!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:48 pm

    We have never made a big deal of valentines day, it is so close to Christmas and our dating anniversary (which is in January), it just felt like too much. I still love getting flowers and chocolate, I just don’t expect them :)

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    shortbread 290 posts, Helper bee @ 1:38 pm

    I really enjoy Valentine’s day but have low expectations. As a result, I always get so excited when my fiance goes above and beyond for me. He tends to surprise me with nice flowers, chocolates or a delivery of warm cookies and milk to the office. Since we’re on a tight budget this year we’ll stick with flowers, chocolates and a moderately priced dinner. We’re going to Z’Tejas this year which is one of our Austin favorites. I just want to spend time with him no matter where we go.

    I’ve definitely never been a Valentine’s Day hater. I’ve always enjoyed the chocolate if nothing else.

    I do sometimes miss the days of eating take out Thai food and watched Sex & The City or Bridget Jones’ Diary on repeat. One of these days I’ll convince him to do this with me:)

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