Forget the roses and chocolates and stupid ideas about it's culturally expected to express love an affection to a romantic partner. At it's core, Valentine's Day is supposed to be about love, not about things or the exchange of things. (Yes, I did get JD a present-- he got some organic beef jerky, bison jerky, and little... beef... sticks? like slim jims, but real meat. And yes, he already got them, so that he could nom on them during the Duke game.) But I'm a total sap for love-- I think we should all tell the people we love that we love them more often, whether they're out romantic loves, family members, or just friends. Just... don't get hung up on the stupid commercialization of the holiday, which is so steeped in outdated gender roles and material things. Instead, get in touch with love! Kiss your pets, your partner, send a letter to your best friend from college, or your old roommate, or just post a cheery message to your sibling or cousin's facebook! Reach out and emote in a positive way!
Also, last year I wrote a couple of posts on Valentine's Day. I link to them below!
Ghosts of Valentine's Past