questionsdo people still do stuff for valentine's day?

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Hollywood makes terrible movies called Valentine's Day.

My wife and I don't normally celebrate the Hallmark Holidays too much

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Since we only buy for the kids for Christmas, we buy gifts for each other on V-Day.

My husband buys me electronics. Last year I got the Asus Transformer Prime. This year I am getting an MP3 player as soon as I decide which one I want, because my iPod classic broke and isn't fixable :{

I generally buy my husband some kind of weapon or gear. I bought him a .44 last year and will buy him a riffle this year.

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Valentine's Day is a fake, phony holiday made up by retailers to make money. The hype is designed to make you THINK everyone else is celebrating it by blowing lots of cash on jewelry, flowers, candy, and dinners, and you should do likewise or be left in the doghouse. (Disclaimer: I happen to be an over 40-something female, never married, unattached... so you may take my bitterness for what it is.)

The official holiday of February should be Groundhog Day...it's more natural, based on the sun and the critters...it means winter is officially half over, and we are going to make it...spring is just around the corner, I don't care what that little rodent says!

Celebrate Saturday by having some sausage - you know...ground hog....

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@pyxientx: Nothing says I love you like firearms...no sarcasm intended! Good gift!

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My fiance and I celebrate Valentine's Day.
But that's only because I'm cliche, and that's our anniversary.

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My husband and I celebrate it; mainly it's another excuse to buy each other something. I frequently get him hyacinths, he gets me lottery tickets. We both win.

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Judging by the amount of red and pink at all of my local stores right now, yes, someone still celebrates...I better get on it.

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I wait for the day AFTER and then look for deals on the Valentine's stuff that gets left on the store shelves. It's not like that chocolate is gonna go bad in 24 hours!

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My family runs a wholesale florist. For the two weeks prior to V Day, they work round the clock. People show up at retail florists saying things like "please save my marriage" and similar.

Yes it can be absurd and high-pressure if your significant other is prone to comparing. Yes it is somewhat artificial, as are most holidays and similar traditions. That said, V Day is prob here to stay. :)

A friend of mine once told me: "I take care of us and he takes of us and we both take care of each other's families. And we try to remember silly special days like V Day."

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P S I love the firearms as a V Day gift.

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correct me if i'm wrong, but if if they say, "we don't have to do anything for valentines day..", THEY WANT TO DO/GET SOMETHING FOR VALENTINES DAY!

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Exchange cards or small gifts, eat good meal, watch a movie or go to a game.

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My husband's bday is the 12th, and he gets panic attacks just thinking about the possibility of getting me a present, so as a bday present for him, I let him off the hook for Valentine's Day. When I was a kid, we never did much as a family, just exchange inexpensive chocolates but not much else, so I don't come into it with a high expectation to begin with. I'm also not too into the "Hallmark holidays".

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I'm going to donate blood on Valentine's Day.

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As a gentleman, I can't say what the Mrs. and I do on Valentine's Day. But I will say that all of our kids were born on or around November 14.

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As I have always been single for Valentines Day, except one year, I generally do nothing! I think this is because my birthday is literally a week before Valentines (yeah, 2/7 baby!) and most guys panicked thinking I would want sometime for both days. Honestly though, I'm so easily pleased, a card would have made my day, lol!~ Instead, they broke up with me the end of January. Meh, it's all good, because if they didn't realize that, I didn't need to be with them anyway! :)

One year another single friend and I went out to dinner and a movie. It was fun when we were wished a Happy Valentine's Day (I'm a female and he was a male, most people must have assumed we were a couple), and we said, we don't celebrate that, we're both single and HATE the holiday! The best part is, he brought me roses he spray painted black in honor of the holiday we both hated. I have to say it's probably the best Valentine's Day I've ever had!

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The best gift I received was when I opened the drapes one Valentine's Day morning, and in the snow of the front yard was spray painted a big red heart and "I love you." The neighbors, mailman, UPS man were all impressed.

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I'm with @capguncowboy: not a big fan of Hallmark Holidays. However, I think it's nice to have an excuse to cook steak a few times a year, so dinner on the first Saturday after Valentine's Day was always steak, potatoes, asparagus, and some kind of pie. Also: the first Saturday after a birthday.

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Oh, the bitterness of a 22 year old that has never been in a relationship.

I would put Valentines day as a reminder to love your loved ones for just one day. I believe I live in a society where many people just work and work, and work all day. And they tend to forget things like anniversaries or even birth dates. As corny as it sounds, it's one day (month or week even) to show some more love. I know this should be an everyday thing, but you know.. we get a little lazy after a while like New Year Resolutions. Good for you couples though who still remembers all the dates though, I hope to remember everything right as well (thank goodness for smartphones these days).

So that's my take on Valentines day. The movie was pretty good too, even though I was bittersweet over it.

As for me though, it's just another day of the month. Nothing too special unless someone somehow surprised me out of nowhere. D:

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I look for every excuse I can find to take my wife out to a nice dinner, bring or deliver flowers, and make her feel as good as she really is. As far as the "hallmark holidays' go, if you use them as an opportunity, instead of an obligation you might not be so inclined to discount them.

You don't have to spend a lot of money on cards or choclate. A homemade dinner and a bottle of good wine can make for a great evening together.

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@baybei: "most guys panicked thinking I would want sometime for both days"

You deserve something both days. Don't ever feel or accept otherwise.

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@nmchapma: What I "discount" is "traditions" that have been established by marketers. Perhaps a better example would be "[Sweetest Day[(http://tinyurl.com/rt599)" or the "tradition" of diamond engagement rings which began as a result of a marketing campaign by De Beers in the 1930s. I think it's quite important that people set aside time to celebrate their relationship (and for parents, to set aside time to spend as a couple). That should happen more than once a year and it doesn't have to involve flowers, chocolate, or jewelry. It's really easy to sit here and agree with each other, oh no of course Valentine's Day doesn't have to involve those things!, but marketing creates pressure that can cause tension. I'm perfectly happy to have an excuse to buy expensive ingredients for a special dinner; I'm less happy to hear when the holiday causes distress for friends or patients who feel pressure due to expectations created by marketing.

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@nmchapma: Ah, I don't ever like to expect things though. My theory is simple, you show me you love me everyday. On my birthday or Valentines or Christmas, or anytime a card would be more than enough. I understand some people don't want to spend money on frivolous gifts, and some of my ex's probably couldn't (sadly). However doing something nice for me and saying I love you would be more than enough for me as a 'gift'.

Of course, I do love to be taken out an spoiled, and a little odd ball gift would be appreciated (the reason I loved the black roses! It was very thoughtful coming from a friend). Damn. Now I want someone to take me out and spoil me! Maybe I can con my best buddy in NYC to foot the train ticket and subway fares for me so I can spend the weekend after my birthday there! Then I get to see one of my favorite people in the world, and if I'm lucky my other friend in the city will be available too! Then I can feel special for a couple days :)

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Yes. My wife has always loved Valentines Day (even when she was single).
This year, I'm having a little something delivered to her office, and then we're going out for dinner, and then she's taking me to Die Hard!
It'll be a great night! :)