With Valentine’s Day approaching, I’ve been going back and forth about whether to post on the 14th (the day of St. Valentine), or if I should post on the soon-to-be mandated by Congress as a national holiday: February 13th – otherwise known as Galentine’s Day. As the wise Holiday Creator, Leslie Knope, best put it: it is the day to be with your gal pals: “ladies celebrate ladies.”
Check out her explanation here:
Galentine’s Day doesn’t discriminate about whether or not you’re single. It also doesn’t embarrass those of us who currently have $3 in our bank accounts (yes, the holidays pulled a fast one on some travelers and assistant Santa Clauses). No, no. Galentine’s Day is about ALL of us – having breakfast.
And celebrating the value of true friendship together.
For many of us, we’ve known our best lady friends longer than we’ve known our boyfriends, husbands, fiancés, paramours, lovers, partners, etc. So here’s to those ladies (or gents) who’ve been there for us through:
1) The rough times – particularly when we wore hideous vests every other day in college to impress that guy. (Um, let me say, that my vest looked almost identical to this one, except I thought I was a full-grown adult).
2) And the good times – like when we passed the bar exam, and needed someone to drive us to THE bar so we could drink to never having to do that again!
Galentine’s Day does not try to compete with Valentine’s Day, although it doesn’t need to compete; you only have to spend brunch money (money always well spent) on Galentine’s Day, whereas this year 65% of Americans are spending an average of $120 on their Valentine’s Day festivities.
I’m definitely not a hater of relationships or proclamations of love – but I do think that Valentine’s Day has become more about the commercial aspects, and less about what it should be about: love!
So here’s to celebrating a less commercial holiday over breakfast, or a telephone for those long-distances Galentines!
Thankfully, I’ve already received a couple of homemade Galentine’s Day cards, which in my opinion are much more special than an expensive box of chocolates, or overpriced roses on the Big Day.
Plus, just like last year, when I worked late on Valentine’s Day (a perk of the legal profession), I will again be putting in long hours to earn a little extra cash. Who knows? Maybe next year I will join that 65% and actually spend money on Valentine’s Day!
So thanks to the kindness of my besties, instead of feeling like this on the big day (because my bank account currently holds $3 in it):
I will be attempting a Leslie Knope dance because of all the love I’m getting on my special Galentine’s Day!
Thanks for reading and Happy Galentine’s Day to ALL! Or Balentine’s Day with your bros (Not sure if I just made that up, but if I did, I’m calling it!)
Do you plan on celebrating Galentine’s/Balentine’s Day? If you don’t have plans for breakfast (waffles), don’t forget to call your besties today!
Do you prefer non-traditional ways to celebrate the official day of love, or do you prefer your flowers, chocolates and diamonds (Hey, not judging, you’re among 65% to spend big money on the 14th). Does celebrating Valentine’s Day affect how you celebrate your relationship throughout the year, or will tomorrow be the biggest day you celebrate your relationship?
Agree? Disagree? I’d love to hear from you!! Best from your new Galentine, Mirabelle!