According to History.com, “Approximately 141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.” As a result of this greeting card holiday’s popularity, today’s post is in honor of Valentine’s Day, which is much more of an event than a holiday alone.
In the lives of many, Valentine’s Day has such simple beginnings. In elementary school, Valentine’s Day, along with Halloween and Christmas, is celebrated with a party. Students run to grocery stores to pick out a box of Valentine’s, which they sign and place into each classmate’s Valentine’s Day card box or bag. Usually these pint-sized Valentine’s depict a child’s favorite television star, such as Selena Gomez, and are not so much about love as they are about friendship. The main idea is that everyone gets a card – no one hopes to have a special someone for a day.
As we all know, life gets much more complicated as time goes on, and elementary school Valentine’s Day parties are simply not enough. They are as the school is called: elementary. Valentine’s Day suddenly becomes a day of hoping someone will say, “Be Mine.”
For some, Valentine’s Day is the day couples choose to say, “I Do.” Each year, the Empire State Building opens its doors for one huge day, or weekend, of weddings around Valentine’s Day. In fact, it is the only time the famous New York City landmark holds weddings. Through a partnership with the popular bridal magazine “The Knot,” 14 couples were chosen through its Wedding With A View contest to walk down the aisle on the actual holiday. This year, one couple will actually get married in the 86th floor Observatory, while the other 13 couples are married on the 61st floor. During last year’s event, couples enjoyed cakes provided by TLC’s Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, in the Observatory following the ceremonies. As a result of the Empire State Building’s wedding exclusivity, these weddings will definitely be ones to remember.
If you are not looking to get married on Valentine’s Day, why not help the holiday to regain some of its elementary school simplicity? No one ever said you had to wait for someone to say, “Be Mine,” or even ask someone that question yourself. Instead, why not spend the holiday with friends? Spend the day wandering around your favorite city; go to a concert; or share dinner with some of your closest friends at a cool restaurant. Valentine’s Day should be about everyone you love – friends and family included – not necessarily about one person…unless you are at the top of the Empire State Building wearing a white dress.
Happy Valentine’s Day!