By Allison Johnson
Assistant Web Content Manager
The older we get, the more cynical we become of holidays. Every year I find myself saying, “It doesn’t even feel like Christmas.” We lose the fun in everything simply because we’re not celebrating the holiday like we used to. If your parents are divorced or you are separated from your family a lot because of college, you understand. Family isn’t together like it used to be. If that’s not the case for you, maybe your family is getting lazy with their cooking and you can no longer hype up anyone’s casserole or pecan pie ever again, so you hate holiday dinners. I’m sorry.
The whole gist of this is that we look at what makes holidays stink the older we get. The traveling, occasional bickering with family… you get it. I have to say though, unless your ex has just traumatized Valentine’s Day for you I think it’s still a holiday for us to be happy about. Yes, I know, you should express your love to your significant other every day. As you should also be thankful for the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be thankful for your family every day, just not two days of the year. Cool, doesn’t mean we can’t observe a holiday.
Singles, we can still celebrate Valentine’s Day. You and other singles can always hang out over dinner, or do something as simple as watching your favorite rom-coms. Make it a celebration of your own. You know how Hallmark Christmas movies get you into the Christmas spirit last minute? Lucky for you, they have Valentine’s Day movies as well. If you’re going to go the movie route, I recommend anything with Ryan Reynolds or Matthew McConaughey. You and your friends could make treats, like chocolate covered strawberries or cookies. Let’s be honest, if we’re single we probably aren’t expecting any sweets from a significant other, so go all out for your friends and spoil each other. If you’re fine without celebrating, that’s fine. Just don’t be bitter about people celebrating it.
Embrace a different kind of celebration from now on with holidays. Start with Valentine’s Day. Implement some fun. If you don’t have anyone to do anything sweet for you, do it for them. Buy some flowers for your sister. She may not have a valentine either. Choose to do something that will get you involved in the holiday, and I promise a better Valentine’s Day will come your way one day.
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