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Valentine’s Day Rant – #SundayTraveler

You know we decided to do this week a Valentine's Day themed SundayTraveler. At first I thought on cheating it with a really old post about our visit to Korta Katarina Winery. You are probably thinking what a visit to the winery has to do with a Valentine’s Day (and we haven’t even visited it on 14th of February!). But we were madly in love with that winery and then we were badly treated on our last visit there. And now we don’t love it anymore. That’s a perfect Love gone wrong tale. Especially if you love wine as much as we do.

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day #SundayTraveler style

Anyways, I judged that you wouldn't buy it. So here I am stuck with the theme I think I have nothing to say about. I am completely disconnected from Valentine’s Day celebration. I am one of those people who believe that love should be celebrated every day of the year and not on a certain day. And that day coming just after my birthday is not helping the cause (why, why Valentine and not me?!).

Ever have that one friend who gets a Valentine's Day gift for his mother? Doesn't that freak you out a little? It's like, ‘I don't know how to break this to you but I think she's banging your dad!'. – Russ Meneve

Second though I have on a Valentine's Day is that is even more commercialized than Christmas. And I don't like that part of it either. Vera told me that the first time she heard of Valentine's Day Celebration was in her English class, mere 20 years ago. And now it's like very popular celebration here in Croatia too: hotels preparing special packages for couples, cupid and hearts hanging from every store's window.

My suggestion is to skip on Valentine’s Day all together (you can alternatively celebrate 13th of February as my day; but this is optional; if you do decide to celebrate it, the custom is to make at least 1 kg of fudge per person and eat it all on that day). We need another Festivus!

And if you didn't like my Valentine’s day post, you can always go and read one on our visit to Korta Katarina Winery.

Do you celebrate Valentine's day? Let us know in the comments below.

41 replies
  1. Milene
    Milene says:

    I actually like Valentines day! And I think it’s rubbish to say that you can celebrate love on all days of the year – no one does that! Besides that – what’s is not commercialized nowadays? Christmas songs we hear half a year before Christmas but who cares? Tomorrow I’ll have a post published on my blog exactly about that 🙂 about the fact why the day of love is so nice 🙂 Oh and well I’m single so no sweet gifts that make me love Valentines day 😉

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    • Frank G
      Frank G says:

      Lol, Milene! I actually like the part of Valentine’s day where kids make and exchange cards. But that’s about it. I’m just not feeling this holiday as natural as I need in order to identify with it. And I still celebrate love everyday of the year. I have a super power :). But whatever makes you happy, it’s great with me.

  2. Jess @UsedYorkCity
    Jess @UsedYorkCity says:

    How fun is a holiday that celebrates champagne and chocolate overdose, completely saturated in PINK?! (Lol, can you tell I’m one of those girly girls that just adores the holiday for just those reasons:-)

    Happy belated birthday!:-)

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  3. Tamara
    Tamara says:

    We normally exchange cards on Valentine’s Day (& at times throughout the year). My husband will be grilling steaks for us. I prefer that any day to a restaurant.

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  4. Trish
    Trish says:

    I just think of Valentine’s Day as a “silly” holiday. We don’t really celebrate it in traditional ways. But I usually slip some chocolates his way and sometimes he’ll buy me a card. There’s nothing wrong with NOT celebrating it, but you can make it your own day too if you want.

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    • Frank G
      Frank G says:

      Hi Trish, thanks for stopping by! Oh, chocolate always works. I actually complain just because Vera never remembers to buy me a chocolate. 🙂

  5. Thauna
    Thauna says:

    Happy almost Birthday!! I already received a hand-drawn valentine from my 4 1/2 year old grandbaby…she asked me to be her valentine. That is all I need. 🙂

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    • Frank G
      Frank G says:

      Thank you, Thauna! Oh, kids are so adorable. My niece is doing cards tomorrow in her kinder-garden. And she was all excited telling me about that today.

  6. webly
    webly says:

    I conquer that love should be celebrated every day of the year. I would prefer to be showered with love and surprises all year long. I dislike the expensive flowers and the whole overprice everything on just ONE day. Anyways to keep you out of the dog house I would be safe and get your significant other flowers anyways.

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    • Frank G
      Frank G says:

      Thanks, Webly! Good point. I always keep a little gift aside, just in case my lady decides that this year we’re totally celebrating it 🙂

  7. Michele {Malaysian Meanders}
    Michele {Malaysian Meanders} says:

    Oh, I really like the make a kilo of fudge and eat it all day idea. Valentine’s Day is starting to catch on in Malaysia in a very commercialized way with red hearts, cupids and much candy buying. This year, the end of the 15-day Chinese New Year celebration called Chap Go Meh happens to fall on Valentine’s Day. Chap Go Meh is also the unofficial Chinese Malaysian Valentine’s Day. The tradition is for available ladies to write their phone number or email address on an orange and toss it into the ocean. Then, the available guys wade out their to grab a random orange.

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  8. Angela Travels
    Angela Travels says:

    I dislike when you fall in love with a destination or place just to find out that it really was the staff that can make or break it. I agree with celebrating the love you have all year. I love all the social media posts that state that their significant other is the best because they bought them flowers or some other material thing that disappears with age or after you eat it. Oh well, that was a quick rant from me 🙂

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  9. Ace CB @ Life in Dutch
    Ace CB @ Life in Dutch says:

    I’m with you all the way. We’ve never celebrated Valentine’s Day precisely because of the overly commercialized nonsense. I used to say we’d celebrate after we had a kid and needed an excuse to go out, but four years after we still haven’t bothered. You post gave me a good laugh, so thank you!

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  10. Calli
    Calli says:

    I’m pretty anti-Valentine’s Day as well – I just don’t like the idea of a holiday that forces people to show their affections for one another. If you are in a relationship shouldn’t you care about the other person 365 days a year instead of only on holidays? Travis and I much prefer to save our money and go out for a nice dinner at some other time when the restaurants are less crazy!

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  11. Mary {The World Is A Book}
    Mary {The World Is A Book} says:

    I didn’t follow the Valentine’s theme this week. But, I do have a lot of chocolates on my post. Does that count? I totally agree with you about the commercialization of Valentine’s Day. No, you don’t need that one day. That Meneve quote is so true and funny. I hope the two of you celebrate Feb 13 in a special way.

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  12. Lunaguava
    Lunaguava says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed this post, Frank – and not just because of the Seinfeld reference, although that was cool too 🙂 Here’s to those extra kilos of fudge! Good luck!

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    • Frank G
      Frank G says:

      Jess, thanks for finding a name for it – a FudgeDay! And oh, we’ll be in a sugar coma as well. That’s a part of the celebration 🙂

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