Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

How are you celebrating this day of love? Do you care if you get flowers, chocolate, or presents from your boy-/ girlfriend, wife, husband, partner or other loved one? Or do you find the whole thing just a little too commercial?

I definitely find it too commercial. We never used to have Valentine’s Day when I was growing up, so for me this is something relatively new which I don’t quite understand (to be honest).

I don’t understand why I “need” a special day to appreciate and celebrate love when that is something we should be doing every single day? Why do I need to get flowers or candy from my husband to know that he loves me? Or to say “Happy Valentine’s Day” to show that I love him.

I’m sorry, but isn’t this so obviously a commercial thing that we’ve “all” fallen for at some point?

The holiday began as a feast to celebrate the decapitation of a third-century Christian martyr, or perhaps two. So how did it become all about love?

For the past several years, Anders would go out and get me a beautiful and HUGE bouquet of red roses and we’d go out to dinner to celebrate. He’d always make a nice surprise of the flowers, which were always delivered either at the office or at home. And they were lovely…very lovely, indeed. This year, he was too busy with work to organize anything and I think we’ve reached a point where we both agree that it’s simply not necessary.

I don’t know how much flowers cost in this country (I’m betting it’s a lot), but I’d rather spend the money on something else…maybe just a nice meal or some other kind of experience. I think I’m a lot like my mom in that way. She never used to like getting flowers because they only last for a few days… she always preferred getting presents that she could use (e.g. perfume, make-up, etc.) or eat (e.g. chocolate).

I understand that now.

So, this year we combined work with a nice lunch to celebrate our undying love for each other on this year’s Valentine’s Day.

Quote from The Smithsonian: The Gory Origins of Valentine’s Day.

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