I was born on Valentine’s Day, and for the first years of my life that equated to paper Valentines plus birthday cards, and chocolate kisses plus birthday cake that my mom always made in a heart shape.
Over the years, I’ve learned that people love the idea of a Valentine’s Day birthday. Bouncers at bars, coworkers, and customer service reps verifying my identity all tend to get quite excited when they read or hear me say “February 14.” Though I’ve only ever known a Valentine’s Day birthday, I have to say that I’ve always loved it too, even after the heart-shaped birthday cakes stopped. Valentine’s Day is a small enough holiday that I’ve never felt like it overshadowed my birthday, but it’s also a bit of a controversial holiday.
The most notable thing about a February 14th birthday is that people tend to remember it. I’ve had friends of friends randomly remember my birthday, and what more do you want on your birthday than well wishes from friends? I feel really lucky in that department. I’ve also never had a chance to hate Valentine’s Day, and I spent plenty of Valentine’s Days without a valentine. No matter my single status, I always had plans on V-Day, and I like to think that those birthday plans were a fun distraction for some fellow single gal pals too.
On the downside of Valentine’s Day birthdays is getting a dinner reservation. This one really sucks. You have to plan weeks if not a month in advance to get a reservation and sometimes restaurants only offer special menus. This keeps Valentine’s Day birthday plans from being too spontaneous. Sometimes we go out and sometimes we stay in, but we usually decide a few weeks in advance.
Finding a valentine who isn’t scared off by the B-day-V-day duo is also a bit daunting. Fortunately, I found one who loved the idea of Valentine’s Day birthday plans, but I feel for those who, like me, start dating someone in January only to tell them that it’s both your birthday and Valentine’s Day less than a month later.
Between the birthday wishes, not worrying about Valentine’s Day plans, and all the chocolate, I have to say, I totally recommend February 14th birthdays.
Would you want your birthday on Valentine’s Day? What’s the best part about where your birthday falls?