So unlike many people who criticize Valentine’s Day as a commercialized, man-made “holiday” for greeting card companies to make money, I look at it a little differently. I look at it as a day to celebrate the love we have for family, friends and significant others.
I don’t look at it as a day for people to spend money on someone buying flowers and jewelry (although there is nothing wrong with that). I look at it as a day of love in all its forms. I’ve never wanted to receive roses or other flowers on Valentine’s Day because the “frugal” person in me feels taken advantage of by florists who price the flowers with a ridiculous mark-up just because it is Valentine’s Day. So I have always been more of a “show me from your heart…not from your wallet” kind of girl. The best Valentine’s Day gift I ever received (thus far) was one that did not cost much money. There were balloons, candles, a small intimate table set for 2…low lights…music playing… (You get the picture). I don’t recall what was served for dinner, but I remember feeling so special and so loved by the gesture. It’s not in the gift you receive; it’s in the sentiment behind it.
One of my most favorite Valentine’s Day gifts that I have ever given was one where I spent the day sending him a text , every 30 minutes or so, telling him another reason why I loved him. It was an opportunity for me to remind him why he means so much to me, and for me to remember why I love him so much. I can only hope he felt as much love from receiving those texts as I felt sending them.
So…today…instead of criticizing this day as a commercialized holiday to generate revenue for the greeting card companies and florists, …take a moment to tell and show your significant other, your children, your parents, your friends, that you love them and that they mean the world to you.
How did you spend your Valentines? Do you have any traditions? Let’s talk about it. – Dawn-Charmel