Personally I am all for any excuse for a celebration...Chinese New Year, Burn's Night, Winter Solstice or St George's Day are all on our calendar for celebrating, Valentine's Day is no different. We use the day in question as a theme to make an ordinary day a little bit more special. They influence what we do, what we eat and give us a focus for craft activities or days out. It's a fun way to punctuate the year.
Valentine's Day is one of the more contentious days of the year. On one hand, couples can feel pressured into spending extortionate amounts of cash on overpriced bouquets, meals out charged at premium rates in fancy restaurants or fancy (and pointless) novelty items. But on the other hand, it feels like a kick in the teeth for all singletons, or a reminder that partners might be totally unromantic, causing one to question the whole basis of their relationship. Some men think that if they order a dozen red roses for February 14th, then it justifies them doing nothing sentimental for the remaining 364 days of the year. To some, ordering flowers is almost a reflex action with no deep emotion attached to it, making it no more than a meaningless gesture. Only the florists truly come out on top!
|A Valentine's Bouquet|
Ian is a soppy soul and tells me he loves me numerous times everyday. He is demonstrative and loving and extremely thoughtful so nothing changes on Valentine's Day. There is no fake display of affection, so I know that everything he does is 100% genuine. We don't need a commercially based celebration to tell us how to behave for one day a year, but we enjoy the prompt to ham it up a bit!
I hope you all had a lovely day yesterday however you celebrated and whoever you celebrated with!