Full disclosure: I am not a fan of Valentine’s Day. Part of it is sour grapes — I’ve been dumped on V-Day. Twice. Every year, I start looking for somewhere to point the finger, and I’m not necessarily talking about the index one. Who was this St. Valentine dude, and how did he inspire this holiday?
Unfortunately, not too much is known about him. No one knows what he looked like or even what his pre-saint name was. This is partly because back in the Roman days, a lot of Christians killed for their beliefs, and thus named saints, were dubbed St. Valentine. In fact, there were so many of them that in the official Roman Martyrology, there are three Saint Valentines listed as having died on Feb. 14.
There are lots of stories out there about who the St. Valentine was. The only things that seem to be consistent are that he was a priest in Rome during the reign of Emperor Cladius II and that he was killed in the year 270 A.D. After the jump, our favorite myths and theories as to the rest of the story. Keep reading »
Valentine’s Day is a minefield. Whether you’re single or hooked-up the potential for misery is high because, much like New Year’s Eve, it rarely lives up to its reputation.
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When you’re single, Valentine’s Day—with its flowers, chocolates and all-around coupliness—can feel like a cruel joke the world is playing to rub in the fact that you don’t have someone special. It can certainly be doldrums producing—but why let it be? This is one day where you have to take the bull by the horns, and then wrestle it into a teddy bear. After the jump, 10 ways single women can make Valentine’s Day into a celebration of awesomeness rather than a tear-inducing stressfest. Keep reading »
Personally, I’m not into lingerie being given as a gift. If my boyfriend gave me a super fancy bra and panty set — one that was clearly to be worn in the confines of the bedroom and not under regular clothing because all the bells and whistles would make for unsightly panty lines — for Valentine’s Day, I would be polite about it, but would feel kind of gypped. Talk about a gift for the giver! Anyway, our friends at The Gloss have alerted me to an even creepier version of this selfish gift-giving tradition. Knickermail, which of course launched just in time for this holiest of holidays, let’s the buyer pick which color panties they want to send and write a personalized message, and then off they go to the recipient. Frankly, I don’t want a totally random pair of tacky satin panties landing on my doorstep. For starters, who is going to be sending these? I would hope a long-distance boyfriend, intent on sending lingerie to his beloved, would take the time to pick out specific pieces that would suit her style and his boner’s taste. And a boyfriend who doesn’t live far away would just deliver his gift in person, no? The only other type of guy who would send panties in the mail is a creepy stalker, right? This is more like a KnickerFAIL to me. [The Gloss] Keep reading »
From anxiety over one’s relationship status (or lack thereof), to figuring out a non-lame way to celebrate, Valentine’s Day, more than any other occasion, has the power to elicit panic in even the most reserved, well-tempered individuals. Perhaps the most nerve-wracking experience of the whole occasion is choosing an appropriate gift, one that sends just the right message without inadvertently offending anyone in the process. Worse than the stress in choosing a perfect gift, though, is the disappointment in receiving one that totally sucks. After the jump, 20 Valentine’s Day gifts we hope you don’t get stuck with this year. Keep reading »
Ah, Valentine’s Day. For some it’s a day of love and affection, for others a cruel reminder of their single status or another “Hallmark holiday.” That’s why most of us prefer to keep our Valentines subtle. Red roses at work? Romantic. Giant teddy bear the size of a small state? Not so much.
Admittedly, I am possibly the only person on the planet who will openly admit to loving the holiday so many others love to despise. It’s cheesy, yes. For many, it’s yet another reminder that they need a table for one in a world of two-seaters. Even so, there are things even I would rather not receive in public.
Like a singing telegram. From a man dressed as Cupid. In a diaper.
Here are some more embarrassing gifts we want you to give us in private. Read more… Keep reading »
Haven’t figured out how you and your boo are going to spend Valentine’s Day this year? Wonder no longer! White Castle is turning up the heat on both their so-heavily-processed-they-literally-melt-in-your-mouth burgers and the romance, inviting couples to spend the holiday with them. But hurry up! Tables fill up fast, so make a reservation ASAP. And don’t worry about bringing a camera — the chain will ensure you “treasure the memory” of sharing a Crave Case with your honey by taking a photo of the occasion. Sigh. Reason #463 I wish I had a boyfriend. [White Castle] Keep reading »
When you haven’t been in love for way too long, it’s hard to remember what it feels like or if it even exists at all. As another Valentine’s Day approaches, my knee-jerk reaction is cynicism. But it seems so cliche to be that person. I am desperate for proof that I should keep on believing in LOVE. I’ve collected some epic stories that are sure to keep my single, weary heart a-beating. Check out the story of Emilie and Alan after the jump. Keep reading »
This single man is extremely desperate for a girlfriend to come and see him. You can call him. Please!? Just call him! Please!!! Any takers? [robot in disguise] Keep reading »
I am not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day and have never been the type of girl to expect roses, chocolates, or gifts in little boxes. But there is something I would like a certain someone to get me this year—a Pauly D Valentine’s Day greeting. Apparently, the “Jersey Shore” star has recorded a bunch for Star Greetz that can be sent via email or Facebook. We’ll assume the word ‘smoosh’ isn’t in the messages? Keep reading »