I dislike Valentine's Day partly because of how overly-commercialized it's become...and partly because my baby ferret died on Valentine's Day in 2006. So...not a good anniversary. Combine that with the obscene amounts of money spent "because it's Valentine's Day," and I hate the day. I am a firm believer that you don't need a particular day of the year to celebrate love with grand, over-priced gestures, that it should be celebrated throughout the year with smaller gestures. If I'm going out to dinner with someone, I'd rather not spend what's supposed to be a romantic night crammed into an over-packed restaurant with a thousand other people, choosing from a menu of over-priced, but cheap-to-make options.
Just because he spends money on me on one particular day doesn't mean he loves me.
I never celebrated Valentines Day when I wasn't single (except one time, when my ex-husband got me injured on February 13, and took me out to make it up to me). I hate the advertising suggesting that you're not really in love if you don't shower her with diamonds (what if she doesn't like diamonds?) or provide him with the wildest sex of the year (why not have the wildest sex of the year because it's Thursday? Or better yet, try to make your sex life as satisfying as possible every day of the year).
I also hate the bitter mopey-ness that comes with the day. I have friends who have never been in a serious relationship moaning about the day, and friends that are in good relationships moaning about the day (like my best friend: how are you supposed to be romantic with a wired-up toddler when you're 6 months pregnant with the second child, and no one is available to babysit because everyone else wants to be with their sweetie, or is busy drinking their loneliness away). It just seems to be a day for everyone to be insecure and to be sure that everyone else is happier than they are.
I'm not single so I didn't answer on the poll, but when I was I still loved the day. Just knowing how it originated and regardless of my status, I could still feel like it was a wonderful day. I think it is too commercialized, even as someone who will have a valentine this next year, and I'd much rather have a nice home-cooked dinner and just spend the day with the person I love as opposed to getting gifts that are paid for, but I still enjoy it.
It's taken me forever to get there, but indifference is all I feel. Funny, but I've actually had someone to do things with who's just a friend over the last few years. Maybe that's part of it, or maybe I've stopped letting one insignificant day determine my feelings.