While some of our neighbors may like that Valentine’s Day celebrates love, and contend you could celebrate any of myriad definitions, others are not so enthusiastic about the day. ( See the very long definition of love in the Oxford English Dictionary: http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/110566? ) Excessive consumerism, a focus on traditional couples, and single-shaming are often cited complaints.
It should not be a surprise that many people opt-out of the holiday, or create unique anti-Valentine’s Day agendas instead of more traditional dates. Celebrations may include similar, but different, crafts, food and beverages.
If you do plan to celebrate, you have plenty of historic examples to emulate. You may want to take inspiration from international traditions and carve a love spoon, a melon, or give your sweetie an apple decorated with cloves. (See more ideas here: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/viator/10-valentines-day-traditi_b_9190888.html and https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2011/02/valentines-day-around-the-world/100009/ ) Opting out of the commercialism, but still want to mark the occasion with a gift? Spend time to make coupons for the coming year or write a witty poem.
Need more inspiration? Take a look at these varied resources:
- The superfun times vegan holiday cookbook : entertaining for absolutely every occasion / Isa Chandra Moskowitz
- The Saint Valentine’s Day murders / Ruth Dudley Edwards
- Pop-up cards and other greetings that slide, dangle & move / with Sandi Genovese
- Somebody loves you, Mr. Hatch / by Eileen Spinelli
- I feel alright / Steve Earle