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Five Reasons Why I Like Valentine’s Day


Cadbury Creme Egg - food of the gods

Five reasons.

This is really easy. I woke up  this morning to a gift basket with five Cadbury Creme Eggs in it, along with a bunch of jerky for me to gnaw on. In fact, I’m gnawing on some of it right now. I am that easy to please.

There are a few other reasons, however.

I’ve always loved Valentine’s day. My mom used to give us each $10 or $20 that she was always able to slip under our pillows during the night.

There were always piles of candy everywhere.

She always helped me make the best Valentine’s day box for the school days where we were all required to give each other a card. Once I left someone out on purpose: this girl named Heather in fourth grade told me that my head looked like a hairy balloon. I don’t even know what that means, but I was enraged enough to not slip a meaningless piece of heart-shaped paper into her, if I remember correctly, dog-shaped card box.

My favorite Valentine’s memories are all from High School. My first one with my wife was pretty good, but there is nothing to compete with the exquisite, feverish quality of hormone-drenched high school romances.  Everything felt so intense. Having a girlfriend on V Day in high school was a delirious joy.

I don’t care about all the whining about the commercialization or the Hallmarkiness or the “fake holiday” that is February 14.

It can be a day about love if that’s what you want. I like love.

Or a day about candy, which is what I want. I think I like candy even more than love.

Either way, there’s a way to win.

What about you? Are you a friend or foe to the holiday?




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  • Spencer February 14, 2012, 11:23 am


    Ditto re: hormone-drenched high school love. I must confess, I sort of miss the intoxicating feeling.

    Moms do make Valentine’s (and all holidays) special.

    Candy makes everything better.

    People whining about “commercialization” just need a hug. Or something along those lines.

    • Spencer February 14, 2012, 1:21 pm


      Cadbury eggs + jerky = pretty close to perfect.

  • Eric | Eden Journal February 14, 2012, 2:42 pm

    Is it a perversion of holidays to have cadburry eggs on Valentine’s Day? What would the Easter Bunny say?

    I enjoy all holidays, Valentine’s included. We ended up with four or five boxes of candy at my house. I bought a box of candy for my wife and one for my daughter, my wife bought a box of candy for me and one for our daughter, and there was another box that I’m not sure where it came from. I love it when there is a little paper map in the heart shaped box. It’s like a little treasure map to the good caramel filled candies.

  • Gypsy February 15, 2012, 6:23 am

    I grew up in Dunedin, the home of Cadbury in New Zealand. It totally never occurred to me you have it in the US! I guess that’s my ‘thing’ for today.
    Valentines is not such a big deal in our house but I did make cards with Chocolates in them for my kids and their teachers- any excuse to let people know they are loved and appreciated.
    We went to the library and they were ‘giving’ books for Valentines- they came in pink bags with heart shape chocolates. So you didn’t know what you were getting. Mine wasn’t so flash, but my car loving baby’s book was perfect and I got to have his chocolate! Of course we have to take the books back in 3 weeks but a cool idea and a bit of fun!