What’s red and white and pink all over?
All retail stores since January 1.
That can only mean one thing. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching!
Now, you may have noticed that the little signs next to the seasonal section of your local WalMart probably read something like:
Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, February 14th.
But this is actually a super embarrassing mistake made by virtually all corporate retail centers nationwide.
See, this year, Ash Wednesday is what actually falls on Wednesday, February 14th.
Ash Wednesday. You know, that day that begins the season of Lent. It’s the day we are supposed to recall that we come from dust, and to dust we shall return. It’s one of the *very few* days that the Church requires that we fast and abstain from meat. On Ash Wednesday, and all throughout Lent, we are to offer sacrifice, prayer, and almsgiving to remind us of Christ’s sacrifice for us.
Don’t be that guy (or gal) who shows up with candy and chocolate on a day your sweetheart is required to fast. That’s just mean.
Thankfully, the date of Valentine’s Day is kind of arbitrary as far as its secular celebrations go, am I right? I mean, aren’t people always criticizing Valentine’s Day for being cheesy and inauthentic precisely because it’s forced on us and limited to a specific date?
The date shouldn’t matter! Show the one you love that you love them regardless of the date on the calendar!
Now, normally I am pretty agnostic about whether someone makes a huge stink out of Valentine’s Day or not. I mean, I’m not gonna fault someone for wanting to give their beloved flowers, even if it was “corporate America” who gave them the not-so-subtle suggestion to do so. However, this year I’d say that, since the date doesn’t really matter much anyway, and since Ash Wednesday is, like, kind-of-a-big-deal, it’ll be way more romantic and appropriate to move your Valentine’s Day celebrations to a different day. And for simplicity’s sake, let’s just all agree to move our celebrations to the day before, shall we? (That way, if your Valentine gives up chocolate or candy for lent, you won’t be a jerk for showing up with some on day 1 or 2).
So, spread the word! This year,Valentine’s Day is Tuesday, February 13th.