NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Valentine’s Day is a day most well-known for flowers, chocolates, greeting cards, and love, but more recently, people have started having a negative view of Valentine’s Day.
Hooters is offering a buy 10 wings and get 10 for free deal if you bring in a picture of an ex and rip it in half.
There are also promotions around the country that allow you to pay a small fee in exchange for having a cockroach named after your ex (which will be fed to meerkats) or to have a salmon named after an ex that will be fed to a bear.
People also choose to ignore Valentine’s Day, and instead, celebrate Singles Awareness Day on the day after Valentine’s Day.
Still, plenty of people are still celebrating love in Nashville, as is evident at Gift Horse in East Nashville.
Valentine’s Day is one of their busiest times of the year. They sell plenty of greeting cards and other gifts.
“I think it’s just a good day to show love to friend, partner, yourself, do something nice for yourself,” Jessica Maloan of Gift Horse said.
She understands that not everyone enjoys the holiday. “I think a lot of people feel like it’s a marketing kind of day and capitalized on, kind of like, Hallmark holiday – I’ve heard that too,” Maloan explained, adding that a lot of people begrudgingly participate in the holiday. “[People say] I’m ready to get this day over with. I hate this time of the year. or [I] just want to avoid it all together.”
From her viewpoint and seeing the joy that Valentine’s Day can bring to people, Maloan thinks instead of focusing on the negative, it’s much better to focus on the positivity.
“Use it as a day to be happy about your life, and if you have good people in your life, even like a best friend, just good support in your life, celebrate yourself and don’t get down on yourself about it.”