Oh Boy! (or Girl)
It’s time once again to honor all the people (and pets!) that have shown you love and affection everyday of 2014.
I have heard many men say that Valentine’s Day was “invented” by card, candy and flower companies to force them into buying a gift for their wife or girlfriend by making them feel obligated to do so.
Here is the likely history:
I like Valentine’s Day, because it’s as good an excuse as any to celebrate and remind us to show our love and gratitude formally at least one time a year. Grand gestures are not necessary. A single rose or a had written love letter speaks volumes and will be appreciated more than you know. Love laced greetings are not (and should not be) for just for women as men have feelings too! No laughing from the wives please.
I like to KISS this holiday. KISS “keep it simple stupid”, or “cupid” if you like to play with words. My beloved made me a wooden, bigger than life cupid complete with an arrow and bow all decked out with red lights and red glitter. I have proudly displayed this wonderful “act of love” on the peak of my house for many years. We have had to replace the lights three times and the wood is looking a little ragged but I love it all the more because it was given and made with pure love.
Why not start a tradition of your own? One fun way might be to shop for the following year. That’s correct, Mary said: “Plan ahead for next year”. I like to apply the after the holiday “discount mode”. Valentine’s Day is really no different than any other holiday; when the “day” is over stock is deeply discounted to make room for the next holiday or season. Candy or balloons certainly won’t keep but cards, decorations and lights will. Just keep in mind that many stores start their discounts early (even the day of) and stock is limited. So scope out your treasures and shop early for the best selection.
If you haven’t shopped a year ago, there is still hope! Buy your card the day of, it will likely it will be 1/2 price. Candy might be discounted but red roses will not.
More red roses are only sold on Mother’s Day!
So if you feel firm on sending the long stemmed red one’s plan on ordering them ahead through your local vendor (it’s the loving thing to do) and plan on spending upwards of seventy-five dollars a dozen. If your sweetie likes other colors then red, white or pink, you might get them cheaper.
Just have fun with the day and don’t get caught up in the hype. Buy according to your desire and pocketbook, do not feel like you have to go into debt to show your loved ones just how you feel. A special candlelit dinner at home (prepared with love of course!) can make your loved one swoon, especially if they are the one getting the break from cooking. Add a special card, red wine, or strawberries in champagne and you will hit a home run for sure!