I Hate Valentine’s Day

I love holidays. I love celebrations. I especially love holidays that encourage me to celebrate people I love.

But I hate Valentine’s Day.

When I mention it at all, I wish people Happy VD.

Why am I so curmudgeonly about a holiday everyone else seems to love?

Honey the golden retriever doesn't hate Valentine's Day.

No one consulted me about this hating Valentine’s day thing. Does this mean I won’t be getting flowers and candy?

2 Reasons to Hate Valentine’s Day

I have two reasons:

  • I’m too frugal for Valentine’s Day. It offends my cheap sensibilities to pay three times more for flowers or candy that will be heavily discounted the next day.
  • I hate any chance that a holiday would make wonderful single people doubt their worth because they don’t have a romantic partner to celebrate the day with.

Maybe I can remake the day so I can get behind it.

Remake Valentine’s Day

I’m not particularly interested in a third century Roman saint. So why not change the holiday to something we can all get behind?

I propose we celebrate Palentine’s Day, a day to share our love for all our pals—both human and animals. We should spend the day sharing love and having fun. Oh, and getting ready for the next day’s sales on chocolates and perfume.

Are you with me?

Happy Palentine's Day

Happy Palentine’s Day – A Gift For You

My pal Honey and I have a gift for you to celebrate Palentine’s Day.

This weekend only, get 20% off anything you buy for your furry pal at Kurgo.com. Kurgo has the gear you need to play outdoors or travel with your dog. (affiliate)

20% off dog harnesses, car seat covers and more

Honey travels with her Kurgo collapsible bowl. And she can’t wait to try her new life jacket in the kayak.

Click the link ad above or in the sidebar to shop and take your discount. And then, take your pal out for a Palentine’s Day celebration.

Honey the golden retriever models her Kurgo life jacket.

I got my Kurgo life jacket. When can we go kayaking?

Be My Palentine

Honey and I are so happy you hang out with us here. And yes, Honey is happy.

Because although she doesn’t know she’s the star of a blog, she loves the attention she gets when we show up at BlogPaws or when we’re lucky enough to have a S’Wagger visit us in Ithaca.

So Happy Palentine’s Day. Thanks for spending some of it with us.

Your Turn: Are you a Valentine’s Day fan? Or have we converted you to celebrating Paletine’s Day?

Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Kurgo. That means that if you buy something through the links on Something Wagging, I will earn a small commission. Thank you for supporting us while you take advantage of the 20% off discount from Kurgo.

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  1. I could skip this silly “holiday” all together! Forced romanticism. Bleh! But then I don’t like Christmas that much either. Forced gift-giving. LOL! I’m just a big sour-puss.

  2. I refer to it as the day of greed and guilt. I just got back from the supermarket where there were a dozen or so men with a bouquet in one hand and a 6 pack in the other.

    Just an observation,

  3. I agree completely. I used to make reservations for one on Valentine’s Day and go out for dinner by myself, even if I had a date back home. It was my personal protest, a day I would spend treating myself. Sadly I haven’t gone out for dinner alone in quite a few years now, it is something I used to enjoy a lot.

    I wish more people saw it as a day to celebrate all forms of love instead of feeling miserable for being without a romantic partner. I also wish they would stop airing commercials designed to make people feel like jerks for not spending hundreds of dollars on a present. How do we promote this Palentine’s Day?

    • Hmm, interesting protest. Did you ever find restaurants unwilling to make a reservation for one? Because I could totally see that happening.

      As for promoting Palentine’s Day, hopefully I’ve suggested an alternative. Now I guess we just need to start celebrating it.

      Speaking of which, I’d better get Honey a piece of Palentine’s Day bacon. :)

  4. Well….happy PALentines Day to woo to!!!!
    Wonderful gift to! You make very valid points about the day in question lol
    ((Husky hugz))
    Frum our pack at love is being owned by a husky

  5. But tomorrow there will be 50% off chocolate and in a few days 75% off. That part can be fun. And anyone looking for love can find it at their animal shelter any day.

  6. Awww, I love Palentine’s Day! My husband and I actually do celebrate V-Day though, as our wedding anniversary is on the 17th so we make a long week or weekend out of it from the 14 to the 17. And every year I organize a valentine swap at my workplace, so everyone get a valentine if they want, if they’ve got a sweetie or not.

    • With an anniversary so close to Valentine’s day, you must feel like all the romance in the air is all about you. :)

      I love your idea of a work valentine swap.

  7. why don’t I see a link to Kurgo? I can type it in but just sayin

    • Click the picture, Diana. It takes you right there. The picture in the sidebar of the blog will also take you there as well.

      But the 20% off sale is only through Monday. After that I’ll just have a plain old link with no discount.

  8. It’s a silly made up holiday. I don’t wear red. We don’t go out, or give each other presents. My one concession to the day is that I like to make chocolate creme brulees for the hubs and I. Other than that, it’s a non-event. I do prefer the idea of celebrating all types of love. The romantic stuff is a bunch of B.S. 😛

    • Although I’m about as romantic as a sand flea, I don’t have problems with romance on principal. It just feels a little bullying when it all has to happen on a prescribed schedule.

      Now chocolate desserts on a prescribed schedule? That’s something I can get behind.

  9. I’m not much on Valentines Day as I really don’t like receiving gifts or cards or whatever from people who are usually rude the rest of the year. To me, love is all year and should be shown, expressed, done- whatever- all year long. I don’t show love to my wife and friends- one day a year- doesn’t make sense. And, none of us need the chocolate.

    • “love is all year…” Yes. well put.

      But I have to disagree with your last sentence. I’m not sure we don’t need the chocolate. Maybe a little more chocolate would make the world a better place. :)

  10. Vlad & Barkly's Dee says:

    I’m with you on this one! Nothing but a holiday made up to sell greeting cards! I had to go to Kroger Marketplace b/c they’re the only ones with any REAL cheese that I can have, and I had to go halfway through the store to get to produce b/c the whole front was filled with people at the flowers. My husband learned when we were still dating that I don’t like cut flowers. No one can explain to me why having something given to you that’s going to die in a few days is romantic! Give me a plant that I can transplant outdoors. I’ll take plants for any reason he deems a good one though. I was taught to love everyone, so I’m all the way behind you for Palentine’s Day! You always have the best ideas!!!

    • I’m with you on the cut flowers thing. Yes, they’re beautiful. But they’re so much more beautiful out in the garden where they can flourish and grow and return the next year.

      Glad I have a convert to Palentine’s Day. I bet if we talk it up, we’ll get everyone doing it in a few years. :)

  11. I used to hate Valentine’s Day as well; I was a VD grinch. I called it a “have-to” holiday. You have to participate or everyone thinks you’re awful. It’s meaningless and expensive. And don’t ever try to go out to dinner on Valentine’s Day; yet get an overpriced meal and poor service. When my husband and I were dating, we went out to dinner on VD and I remember seeing a guy pop the question in the restaurant. Oh yuck. The next year, I suggested we do take-out instead because I so hated the holiday. Which is why he surprise me so by proposing that night–on Valentine’s Day.

    I love your idea of Palentine’s Day. I have lots of Pals: 2-legged and 4-legged. What a great day to celebrate.

    –Woofs (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats.

    • Sounds like you married a tricky guy. Imagine the gaul of proposing on Valentine’s Day.

      Did it change your feelings about the holiday?

  12. Palentine’s Day sounds like a great idea. Mom and I spent part of the day at my favorite spot. I know she’s my favorite Pal!!

  13. I’m not a fan, either. I just had to run out to the grocery store for something, and there were about a thousand men buying half-dead overpriced roses and low-quality chocolates in tacky boxes. The only thing I enjoy about it is watching my kids exchange Valentines with their friends. Makes me happy to see them happy. The hubby and I don’t even acknowledge it. If I suddenly develop a craving for chocolate, I’ll wait until tomorrow when it will be 75% off.

  14. Valentine’s Day always brings out the kid in me. I still think of it as a day to cut out paper hearts and celebrate the ones you love. No gifts required! Although I’m happily married, I’m not terribly romantic either. Call it Valentine or Palentine, its still the same to me!

  15. I too could skip this holiday. I did spend 5.00 on props for my dogs pictures but nothing for the hunny and he got nothing for me either. I did get my screws out of my wrist and a big bandage for VD.

  16. Love the idea of Palentine’s – we’re in.

  17. We can take or leave Valentines Day. Mom says it was a lot of fun in grade school with decorating shoe boxes for Valentines and in high school it was fun going out on a date but since then it doesn’t matter and we don’t really celebrate. We have tons of love around every day and Valentines Day is no different.

  18. We’re not big fans of Valentine’s Day either but Palentine’s Day is something we can get on board with! Great idea. Much love, The Scottie Mom.

  19. We keep our Valentine’s Day Simple (as we try to do with all of our holidays). No flowers and candy for us…usually we get each other a card, and then go out for a nice dinner. This year, Nick cooked mushroom risotta, which he topped with Shrimp sauteed with garlic and spinach. It was DELICIOUS, and a quarter of the price of a dinner out.

    A Palentine’s Day sounds good too. :-)

  20. I love your version…Palentine’s Day. How wonderful! Though, I did buy Daddy-dog his favorite little box of chocolates (shhhh, we only bought them yesterday – BOL – they were already on sale but the shelves were almost bare!). I hope you had a great Palentine’s Day.
    Happy Saturday,

  21. I was taught that Valentine’s Day is about celebrating LOVE. Not couple- hood. Not romance. So, yes, the depression Valentine’s Day causes for singles is disappointing- celebrate your heart and loving yourself and your life!- and the whole candy, chocolate, cards, expensive dinner romance stuff is dumb. Love has nothing to do with spending money or commercial goods. Dog know this! :)

  22. Palentine’s Day is a fantastic idea!!! I’m not a big fan of the commercialism side of any holiday. My husband and I celebrated our first two Valentines together, but after that we decided it wasn’t worth it. After all, he can show me he loves me 364 other days of the year.

    You just made me realize that today (Saturday) is a great day to go to the store and load up on a bunch of discounted chocolate. Thanks! :)

    I Love the Kurgo Surf N Turf and other Kurgo stuff!

  23. I also dislike Valentine’s day because I find it fabricated and cheesy and don’t understand why people can’t just be nice to one another every day.
    But I like any extra opportunity to celebrate pals! Comes just under my cheesy metre 😉

  24. What a fab idea. I’m with you completely I know that Valentines day is just an overly commercialised holiday (another one!) but this year still sucked massively and helped make me feel like a failure.

    Here’s to Palentines day!