Early & Late Valentines: Any Day but the 14th

Last year, February 14th was a ultra-über-crazy-busy day at the flower shop where I work, but February 15th was definitely super-busy, which my tired feet and I were not expecting. Most of the customers said they'd made a conscious decision to celebrate one day late, as they were determined to actually enjoy Valentine's Day..

By waiting just one day, they were able to get reservations at their favorite restaurants, the flowers were fresh, the flower shop girl had more attention and time to devote to them, and the whole thing just felt more low-key. Some customers mentioned taking advantage of sales on candy and theme gifts. Others were in the service industry and had worked extra-long shifts on Valentine's Day, leaving no energy for festivities. Others had simply been busy on the 14th, but saw no reason to miss out on the fun.

I've also noticed that by shifting the day of celebration, some of the pressure seems to be off. It's no longer VALENTINE'S DAY OF RECKONING, but a chance to have fun with heart-shaped pancakes, cheesy declarations of love, and risqué conversation hearts. Perhaps even on-sale risqué conversation hearts!

If you celebrate Valentine's Day, have you ever celebrated it a day or week before or after? What were your reasons? Did making your own Valentine's Day make it feel more special and less "greeting card company holiday", or did you feel left out on the 14th?

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