I never used to be into Valentine's Day in the past. I was one of those people who (admittedly, out of sheer jealousy) complained that it was too commercialized and just made single girls feel bad about themselves. I still feel that way to a certain extent (I am still that weird girl who hates flowers and greeting cards), but I celebrate now more because it's our anniversary than because it's Valentine's Day.
In lieu of flowers and cards, there are other gift ideas that I think are way more original and personal! If you want to buy an actual present, Leah put together a great gift guide a few weeks back! I am also personally a fan of buying tickets to an event for Valentine's Day. That way, you get the excitement of opening the gift, and then even more excitement when the event comes! In the past, EJ and I have done concerts, hockey games, and even a trip to the Greensboro Sciquarium....which I highly recommend by the way, kids or no kids!
Actually...full confession, we are planning on skipping the big fancy dinner and grabbing McAlisters' takeout this year. It's kind of a throwback, because on our first Valentine's Day, EJ surprised me with candlelit McAlisters in his dorm room. Yes...he basically asked me out with a French dip sandwich - and I was 100% okay with that. The rest is history!
Finally, I know I said I wouldn't share whole the story, but I did want to mention just how badly EJ and I had friend zoned each other before we finally admitted to liking each other. I'm talking three months of "What if I tell him I like him and he doesn't like me? What if he does? What if he thinks I'm crazy?" kinda standard over analysis. I actually wrote a friend-zoned inspired article for the online magazine that I write for, imperfect, featuring more of our story. Check it out here.
Long story short, no matter what you do on Valentine's Day, make sure it is personal. All of the commercialization arguments fall apart the minute you both decide to forget the pretenses and just make each other happy! And to all of our single readers? It's just another day...but never be afraid to put yourself out there. Sometimes, you can surprise yourself with just how well things work out.
Sappy moment over :)
Happy (almost) Valentine's Day!