How silly is Valentine’s Day?

A lot of people I know make a point of not doing anything special on Valentine’s Day. When I ask them why they answer that, in their opinion, Valentine’s is a silly holiday, just a corporate plot to make us feel that we have to buy presents and spend money. They say that you shouldn’t have to have a special day to show your loved ones that you care about them.
Of course Valentine’s is a lot about commercialism. In Sweden, for instance, it’s a huge money spinner for the whole economy with people spending more money than usual on buying presents and going to dinner and having fika at cafés.
You may resent Valentine’s Day for making us feel obligated to these things, just like you may dislike Christmas or Halloween, but I like these economic cycles in our society. I think it’s nice that on a few special days every year, people are happier and the city is more alive than usual. Also, there are lots of people who aren’t very good at expressing their love every day. For them Valentine’s Day may be a chance to find an output for their feelings. Consequently, there are many people who don’t get the attention they deserve other than on “special days”, and what’s the harm with having another one of those on the calendar?

Whichever side of this debate you are on, I’d like to wish you Happy Valentine’s Day!

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14 Responses to How silly is Valentine’s Day?

  1. Как ты красиво рисуешь, Тоня! Восторг!
    С Днём Святого Валентина!

  2. Anne says:

    Beautiful painting, Antonia! :) As for this debate, I’m all for Valentine’s! For me Valentine’s usually means chocolate, presents, wine and nice dinner. what’s not to like? :D

  3. emmakisstina says:

    Well said, what is the harm in a little extra love anyhow? Glad alla hjärtis! hehe

  4. Angela says:

    Super post!Bisous

  5. Anastasia says:

    I’m totally agree with you! There’s nothing bad about cultivating love in our society.
    And your drawing is awesome, as usual. :D

  6. Marion says:

    I’d totally buy this drawing if it was a card but I would keep it for me ;-)
    I’m not really a fan of Valentine’s day, not that I would say no to a nice date or a party. It’s just that I would like my significant other to buy me chocolates or flowers or baloons (haha) on any other normal day and not particularly on Valentines because he feels he is supposed to do something “romantic”.
    To me this is as ridiculous as the thought of “Christmas spirit”. People should be nice and loving (in their own way, big or “quiet”) all year round, not just on special dates!!!

  7. Styleabaad says:

    Happy Valentines Day Antonia!

  8. cuteredbow says:

    Happy Valentine’s day too ! Really cute drawing ! Your blog is so inspiring !

  9. I was never a fan of Valentine’s day however now that I have looked into the history I have learned to appreciate it more beyond peoples complains of consumerism. Love that I found your blog while looking up “Swedish Valentine’s Day,” I just moved to Southern Sweden and started a blog about being here. Looking forward to reading more! Glad alla hjärtans dag!

  10. Arantxa says:

    Is true that Valentine may seem silly or a day focused on consumerism, but the truth is I don´t think there’s anything wrong with the calendar have a day dedicated to love. It is true that we must love the person with whom we share our lives every day, but I see nothing wrong with having the Valentine’s Day a special detail, as we have with our parents on the day of the mother and father’s Day. Of course that does not mean they do not love our parents more than that day, but here in Spain everyone celebrate these and has details with their parents. Is not Valentine’s day the same? I think so. Anyway you like it or not this day, the truth is that it is a pleasure to go out and see everything so beautifully decorated. I think the world needs more happy days and more things to celebrate, we’ve got enough sad things.


  11. Laura says:

    Good point! My bf and I have been using Valentine’s Day (or VDay as everyone is calling it here lately..) as a day to give each other little gifts about the past year. I gave him some cookies that he had been hunting down for a long time and he gave me The Matrix DVD (which I had been looking for like a crazy woman, I swear) :-) He’s also surprinsingly good at making his own flower arrangements so there’s some flowers too :)

    • Antonia says:

      Oh, how sweet of him! Of course, it was good of you to hunt down those cookies, too:) I think Valentines is just another good reason to exchange presents, for instance!

  12. roselyn says:

    Hi I’m Roselyn a filipina. Im in a 3-year-long-distance-relationship with a Swede. And it’s during Valentines Day that i cant help it but hate him for not giving a little importance of valentines day.. Is it really like that in Sweden? I totally agree with what you said “what is the harm in a little extra love anyhow?”.. I used to expect romantic gestures from him during valentines day, but i am just disappointed every year…

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