3 Valentine's Day Mistakes to Avoid
January 17, 2012
It may be a Hallmark holiday, but Valentine's Day is very real and taken very seriously by many people.
But even if you're not fully on board with the whole concept, you're often still expected to engage in all the Valentine's Day hoopla. But fear not, we're here to help you get through those lovely 24 hours without a scratch.
If you're worried that you're on the verge of doing or saying something wrong this Valentine's Day, just take a look at these 3 Valentine's Day Mistakes to Avoid and hopefully you're avoid disaster.
1. Saying Anything Bad about Valentine's Day
This is one of those times where you should listen to your mother and if you don't have anything nice to say, you just shouldn't say anything at all.
Unless you're safely among friends who feel the same way you do about Valentine's Day, it's best to just avoid trash talking the holiday itself
. You especially don't want to do this in front of a significant other who embraces February 14th as one of the best days of the year. Just smile and nod when the subject is brought up and try to make the best out of the situation. Even if you don't love everything there is about Valentine's Day, if you love the person you're with, you can appreciate the value of doing something for them.
You know how you feel when someone says something bad about an event you love, so don't put anyone on the defensive and instead just roll with the punches.
2. Only Celebrating on February 14th
This isn't so much of a mistake as it is just a good rule of thumb. Everyone wants to celebrate Valentine's Day on the actual day itself, but this often isn't practical. The actual day of the week changes from year to year, and if it ends up being on a Friday or Saturday, even if you make a reservation, you may end up waiting for a table at a restaurant.
Consider celebrating on the weekend before or the weekend after Valentine's Day
. Whatever you do will be just as special, and wherever you go it is likely to be a lot less crowded. You may think you know a wonderfully secluded spot for a romantic outing, but you'll be surprised how many other people may be there on such a holiday.
Discuss a different day to celebrate with your special someone and you'll have dodged a big Valentine's Day bullet.
3. It's a Holiday just for Couples
The true spirit of this Hallmark holiday is to celebrate love. Whether that be the love between two individuals or amongst a group of friends, love the key here.
So even if you are single on Valentine's Day, that doesn't mean that you can't have a valentine. Or many valentines
for that matter. As long as you are celebrating love and affection with someone else, the concept works.
Think I'm wrong? Go ahead and visit the card aisle at your local store and take a look. You're sure to find a lot of friends and family Valentine's Day cards right along side the ones for people in relationships.
For further proof, just recall your own childhood. You had to hand out and receive valentines from all of your classmates in school, right? Even if you like a single person more than anyone else, you still gave and received valentines from everyone.
What Valentine's Day Mistakes have you Made and Learned From?