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Ideas for giving Valentine's Day an overhaul

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Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 13, 2011

It's Valentine's Day! Cue the jewelry ads, overpriced roses, overcrowded restaurants and treacly poems. Let's shame the spouses who forgot and ostracize the single people!

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Isn't this holiday great?

No?

Perhaps it's time Valentine's Day got an overhaul. The whole affair is cheesy, obligatory and just not that fun. And February could use a decent holiday to counteract the urge to hibernate.

We asked some of Washington's creative minds how they would save the day:

* Require every single person to post a Missed Connection ad during the seven days leading up to the holiday. It could really help people get into the spirit of things - something to look forward to every day, and a reason to actually iron your clothes or try a new shade of lipstick. -Svetlana Legetic, founder and editor of BrightestYoungThings.com

* Pay it forward: Start a tradition of random acts of kindness to total strangers. That way it's about the giving rather than the receiving, and everyone gets to participate! -Andy Shallal, owner of Busboys and Poets

* Host a "Project Party" to make cards (go for silly or ironic), or have a bake-off with heart-shaped cookies. The non-baker in your group should be in charge of picking up the wine and judging the cookies. -Rachel Machacek, author of "The Science of Single"

* We need to combine the Chinese New Year with Valentine's Day. It should become custom that we dress up as dragons to express our love and pay tribute to the Chinese New Year that usually takes place in February and has one of the best parades in the city. Oh, and fireworks. We definitely need a way to incorporate fireworks. -Dan Silverman, Prince of Petworth blogger

Got an idea for a new tradition? Chime in with your thoughts here.


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