My take on Valentine's Day is much like my take on many other things in life.
It's what you make it.
If you make it an over-commercialized day of buying crap for people you barely tolerate, then it's a crap holiday.
If you buy diamonds because you feel pressured by the diamond companies to do so, you're a sucker.
If that's the only day you say "I love you" to those that you love....I guess it's better than never saying it at all. But not much better.
But if you make it a fun day, in which you celebrate those that you love in whatever way you choose....then it can be a great day.
Do what works for you. Make cookies with your kids. Then put them to bed early and have a quiet dinner with your husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, lonely elderly neighbor.....
It's about showing love. You can show love to whomever you love. It doesn't have to be romantic love. And you don't have to spend money.
To me, Valentine's Day is a celebration of love. I love my family every day, but I welcome a special day devoted to showering them with love.
And the fact that it involves copious amounts of chocolate makes it a WIN in my book, hands.down.
Happy Valentine's Day!