Valentines Day has come around again and I was wondering the other day what the fuss if all about. I remember growing up and having girlfriends that I would buy Valentines Day presents or flowers for them or better still I used to get a bunch of roses from my Uncles rose farm which were free and they all used to think that I spent hundred of dollars on them. I did tell them eventually where the roses came from. Regardless, I used to buy into the fact that I just HAD to buy Valentines Day presents for my partner at the time. Why?
Now that I am older and wiser (well you make your own mind up on that one) I can say that I no longer buy into this unwritten retailing agreement for everyone to spend more money on things we don’t really need. Valentines Day has been dreamt up buy retailers and florists across the world to make money off consumers and we now choose not to buy into this fake day. Rather we celebrate our love for one another each and every day we are together. Yeah, I know you are thinking that can’t be true, but it is. We try and show each other that we love one another in a small little ways each day. It really isn’t that hard. I am not talking about getting a sky writer proclaim my love for Elise, but doing little things that will just make a smile and think of me.
I challenge you this Valentines Day to not buy expensive presents for one another but to go out and celebrate your love by not spending money on things you don’t need. Go out for a long walk together or sit and chat at the first place you met. Be romantic without over indulging in Valentines Day presents.
Valentines Day and Travel
When we were travelling around the world we would always celebrate Birthdays and dates like Valentines Day in unusual locations. We became creative and celebrated the things that really mattered and it was simply just being together without any other distractions which became our celebrations. Bring Valentines Day back to being about love and not only about how many, how big or expensive the Valentines Day presents are.
Yes, I am a cynic but that doesn’t mean that I don’t celebrate Valentines Day. I think that it is great to show Elise that I love her on this day, I just hate that I am told on what day we are suppose to do it and that we really pushed to be buying Valentines Day presents.
What are your thoughts on Valentines Day presents?