I can understand people not liking Valentines, to be honest. I really can see why they wouldn’t want to buy into something which is so clearly a commercialised holiday pressuring people to spend money; I totally get it! However, that being said, I still absolutely adore it!
I’m not arguing about the way Valentines gets taken over by companies exploiting the holiday to force more sales; I’m simply saying it doesn’t have to be about that, and you can keep the sweet sentiment behind it.
For me, Valentines has always been about spreading a little bit of love. That’s it. You don’t need to spend a penny, and you don’t have to be in a relationship. No, really. I know loads of people then say ‘Oh but you shouldn’t need a reminder to show you love someone!’ – Yes, very true! I’m not disagreeing. But just because you celebrate Valentines doesn’t mean you don’t show love for the other 364 days of the year. If you DO only show you love someone on Valentines, then yeah maybe you need to rejig this a bit guys.
Gary and I get super excited for Valentines, and always look forward to it. You have no idea how happy it makes me to be with someone else who loves it just as much as I do! Especially because Gary hates celebrating birthdays, and he’s not really into Christmas. So for him to openly express how much he always likes Valentines, is just lovely! We always do something special, and it can totally vary from year to year. Sometimes we’ll take a trip somewhere and stay in a nice hotel, sometimes we’ll go for a romantic meal, and sometimes we will stay in and have a movie night with popcorn and wine. Either way, we’re happy! We both love creating DIY gifts for each other too, so there’s really no agenda into spending loads. In fact, we’ve even made our own Valentines cards for each other for the past 4 or 5 years.
So guys, c’mon. Get into the Valentines spirit maybe? You might love it! Do something special for someone, send someone a card, celebrate with a friend, tell your mum how much you love them, whatever!
There’s so much negativity in the world already, so I’m totally behind having at least one day about LOVE.
What do you guys think?