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“We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day in Germany” – Mean joke or Misunderstanding?

13 Feb Posted by in Holidays | 7 comments
“We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day in Germany” – Mean joke or Misunderstanding?
 
On the eve of my second Valentine’s Day in Germany, I can’t help but think of last year’s Valentine’s Day incident. Okay, I had just given birth 3 months prior and my hormones were still in baby mode, so maybe, yes, I still had a little baby brain.

But what I understood from my husband was that Valentine’s Day wasn’t celebrated in Germany…

And I was completely okay with this; didn’t even question it.

I don’t particularly care for Valentine’s Day. It’s not because as some say, “People shouldn’t celebrate love just one day of the year,” or even because of a bad experience in the past.

It’s because I’m that lazy. One more holiday spending money on items that don’t usually last isn’t something I get excited about. I know, Bah Humbug… or Booo Cupid, in this instance.

I was so convinced that Valentine’s Day wasn’t celebrated in Germany that I even posted something about it on Facebook. So it must be true, right?

Embarrassingly enough, Facebook is what made me question whether or not Valentine’s Day was celebrated in Germany.

The Facebook post went something like this:

Me: No VD in Germany;) but Happy Valentine’s to those who are celebrating in the US.
February 14, 2011 at 5:27pm

Friend #1:  Might be worth rephrasing that, Sarah! LOL
February 14, 2011 at 5:39pm

Friend #2:  HA HA HA awesome. I thought the same thing (about rephrasing anyways). But you make your husband celebrate Valentine’s for you!
February 14, 2011 at 5:40pm

Me:  Nah, we’re VD-free here. LOL
February 14, 2011 at 5:41pm

Friend #3:  Heard there was an outbreak.
February 14, 2011 at 5:43pm

Friend #4: Didn’t look that way today @ Haus der Blumen in Bonn…
February 14, 2011 at 7:33pm

After a brief discussion with my husband…

Me:  Apparently there was a misunderstanding. LOL We both aren’t V-Day fans… I understood him to mean it isn’t celebrated in Germany. LOL Guess I gotta get out more. He does all the shopping:) But, I did get a beautiful bouquet of flowers the day before yesterday.
February 14, 2011 at 8:03pm

It’s quite embarrassing looking back. At least I can laugh about it now, while my husband swears he didn’t say such a thing. He tries to blame it on a miscommunication, maybe with the different languages. I think it was a mean joke to get me back for not getting him a Valentine’s present. Or just baby brain.

While we aren’t celebrating Valentine’s Day this year again in our household, or at least I think we’re not. I do want to wish everyone else who is celebrating a Happy Valentine’s Day!

I may have been wrong about Germany not celebrating Valentine’s Day, but I still stand proudly behind my “No VD here” comment. And hopefully there are others with the same sick sense of humor chuckling or giggling with me.

 



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  1. joshneff02-14-12

    Great! No VD in Germany! So what yer saying is to be safe, the best way to keep VD free is to abstain from the day all together? Awesome! On the sick sense of humor side of things, VD there shouldn’t be that bad….it only shows up once a year and usually you get chocolates and flowers from the one you love right? Some times a card that says happy VD as if they think its a good thing?

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  3. Patty Barnes02-14-12

    I love the “No VD here” comment. I’m going out on Valentine’s Day for the first time in I’m guessing 20+ years. LOL I usually don’t fall for this holiday, but I’m looking at it in a whole new light this year.

  4. Marlo Grassi02-14-12

    I too am not a huge fan of this day. As far as it goes with the man in my life. But I am not going to lie I do like to buy lil hearts and put them on my co-workers desk before the come in and surprise them. Not everybody has someone special in there life. And most look at this day like ugh knowing they arent expecting to get anything. And BAM my lil heart of love puts a smile on there face. Thats what the day is for me. My kids my man my family they all know I love them. But the people that are in my life everyday they dont get told daily that they are loved. So once a yr. I let them know.

    • Mommy02-14-12

      Aw, Marlo. I never knew. Ok, that is an awesome idea. You don’t FB stalk them though, right? ;)

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