Christmas is a thing of the past and the decorations have all been taken down. New Year’s has come and gone. And now it’s time for the big V.
Now, I’m not a fan at all. I think it’s just a money-making scheme and I think every day should be celebrated as Valentine’s Day!
I was going to write my blog about how I feel about Valentine’s Day when I came across the following by Precious Perez… I couldn’t have said it ANY better.
Valentine's Day is a holiday that dates back to ancient history. It has always represented love, from the Middle Ages and Shakespearian era until now. In modern society, this holiday has become superficial. Men spend their paychecks buying diamonds, flowers, and chocolates for their significant others. Women have high expectations, and it becomes a deal breaker for some if their loved one doesn’t get them something or make a grand gesture. Valentine's Day is an excuse for businesses to make money off of people, and it works.
It’s all about the gifts and what your significant other does for you on that day, but in my opinion, it shouldn’t be about that at all. I don’t agree with the world's materialistic meaning of Valentine's Day, because it says that you need to show your love to your partner in the biggest way for that day only, but the truth is, you should be showing the ones you love that you love them every single day.
I have never been the kind of girl who expects anything. I’ve been known to say that if my future husband were to propose and gave me a plastic ring from a candy machine if he couldn’t afford an engagement ring, I wouldn’t hesitate and my answer would not change. Anyone could give me a lollipop as a gift and I would appreciate it as if it were a Pandora bracelet, because it’s not about value. It’s about thought.
It doesn’t matter how big or small gifts are, they just have to mean something.
Don’t buy them because you feel obligated to.
Some tips when buying a Valentine’s Day gift:
• If you’re going to buy a gift, make sure it’s something they’ve been wanting or needing, that way it’s meaningful and special.
• If you choose to get a card and flowers, make sure you find some way to make it unique. Get the flowers because you do it every once in a while anyway and it’s just another excuse to do so.
• Write a heartfelt message in a card, because it’s just another way to let your loved one know that they make your world brighter.
• Prepare a candlelit dinner for your partner, but not because he/she is expecting it or because you think that’s what he/she wants; do it because you want to show them how much they mean to you.
• It shouldn’t matter if what you do is big or small.
• If you want to make a big gesture on Valentine's Day, then make it an extension of the little gestures you make every day, because that’s how it should be.