Day 20: Why Galentine's Day Trumps Valentine's Day

8:25 PM

For those who don't know, Galentine's Day is a totally legit holiday created by Parks and Rec character Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler). It falls on February 13, the day before Valentine's Day, and it's exactly what it sounds like -- the day when you celebrate those crazy-cool girlfriends you can't live without. 

So why is Galentine's Day better than Valentine's Day? Well, that's simple.
1.) Unlike Valentine's Day, which can make singles feel like they're Forever Alone, Galentine's Day is empowering. You love your besties, and they love you, and it's a beautiful thing. 

2.) Galentine's Day is about originality. If you live nearby, you can get together for all kinds of goofy fun. If you're in different cities, it's all about crazy cards that would probably be considered offensive by anyone else. Valentine's Day, meanwhile, has become a gagworthy cliche filled with roses and chocolates and engagements. 

3.) There's no awkwardness. With Valentine's Day, gals in relationships have no idea how to behave around their single friends, and their single friends don't really know how to behave around them. With Galentine's Day, you're all in this for one reason: you love each other and want to have fun!

4.) You don't have to bullshit. If you're single and happy, you can dance around shaking your asses to Single Ladies. And if you really, really wish you had a Valentine this year, you can bitch about it to your besties, and they won't judge.

5.) It's stress-free. Valentine's Day can really psych people out. "What if he doesn't get me anything? What if he doesn't propose? What if, what if, what if?" There's none of that going on when you're with your best friends, whether you're vegging on the sofa watching Netflix or chatting online. 
Valentine's Day has become an overhyped mess. It gives people yet another thing to worry about -- how they express their love for a partner. Is it too much? Too little? Did I spend enough money? Did I overspend? It's just more drama when it should be a celebration of love, not proving that love by bankrolling Hallmark and Godiva for another year. 

That's why I've extended Galentine's Day to encompass today, too. I love you, ladies! 
P.S. Who's excited for the best holiday?! Discounted Chocolate Day!

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