The Single Girl's Guide to Valentine's Day

10 ways to celebrate this couples' holiday - even if you don't have a significant other.
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The Single Girl’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

10 ways to celebrate this couples’ holiday – even if you don’t have a significant other.

-Carrie Seim

Single Girl's Guide to Valentine's Day

Black Thursday is nearly upon us. All of you partnered people may call it Valentine’s Day, but we single ladies (and, come to think of it, most dudes) know better. It should really be called the Holiday of Unmet Romantic Expectations.

I found an email in my inbox this morning from a hotel chain I used to frequent with an ex-boyfriend. They were promoting some mushy Valentine’s special and the subject line proclaimed breathlessly: “All You Need Is Love!!”

Actually, all I need is to unsubscribe. From those email alerts and from all this Valentine’s propaganda.

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But take heart, lonelyhearts. We have a something working in our favor this year – and some against us. Bad news first: , February 14 falls on a Thursday which means the torture of office flower deliveries. However! If you don’t receive a bouquet at work you can always tell that smug little snit in accounting your new amazing boyfriend is saving something really huge for the weekend. Or you can pick up a fragrant arrangement from Whole Foods on your way to work. Just smile mysteriously when your nosy co-worker demands to know who they’re from.

Now the good news: with the Great Recession rolling on, we should also expect less blinged-out holiday hype and fewer expensive displays of affection this Valentine’s. (And if you see any, I grant you all permission to shout, “Have you no shame?!” at the top of your lungs.)

When all is said and done, Valentine’s is really just another day. You have the power to decide if it makes you happy or if it makes you want to burn Hallmark in effigy. It’s also supposed to be a day about love. So here are 10 ways to have a grand time – and love yourself – this Black Thursday:

1. Drag out the glitter sticks and glue gun and craft homemade valentines for your single girlfriends, elderly neighbors or service members. ( will play cupid and deliver them for you.) Busy hands make a light heart, for you and for your lucky “sweetheart(s).”

2. Four words: House Hunters International marathon. I just discovered this HGTV show and it’s pretty much porn for the domestically inclined.

3. Wine. See also: screw top.

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  1. I believe V-Day is about love of all kinds. And there’s nothing wrong with getting dressed up to grab pizza and wine (emphasis on the wine) with your girlfriends if you don’t have a guy!

  2. Always funny, Carrie Seim! Great tips… my favorites…

    Elderly neighbors

    Service members

    Porn for the domestically inclined

    See also: screw top.

    being your own woman

    Commence go-girl dance party in your living room. (Note: you must wear a leotard AND cowboy hat for full effect.)

    hit the gym.

    feed your soul., anyone?

    Write a letter to a close friend or family member thanking them for all the love they

  3. Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year. I know many people may not be religious, but why not spend the day with the man who gave the ultimate love sacrifice of his life to save the world- Jesus Christ. Single women focus so much attention on what they don’t have. And, really end up making themselves feel worst in the process. Instead of creating superficial joy, like, downloading music and all this other stuff; go to church on Valentine’s Day and experience real, unconditional love. It doesn’t matter if you go to a mosque, synagogue, or temple. Just be around true love and experience another level of joy – the kind of joy the world, and people, can’t take away. Be blessed!

  4. In my culture, the 14th is also the day of the Saint of wine. (A wine-maker who was also a saint — St. Trifon). So traditionally we celebrate either or both Love and/or Wine 🙂

    I am married but I love your ideas about how to shake up Valentines day! I will definitely be playing Play spin-the-culinary-globe and my husband and I will be inviting our close single friends. They’ll get a chance to chat up someone cute and available. 🙂

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