Valentine's Day: Not Just Another Commercial Holiday

Valentine's Day: Not Just Another Commercial Holiday
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Is Valentine's Day really all about cards, flowers and expensive dinners?

Every year someone, usually a guy, complains that Valentine's Day is just another excuse for the florists, card companies, and other gift shops to make more money. Personally, I disagree!

Maybe it's because as a child, I was particularly fond of Valentine's Day. You see, my birthday is the day before Valentine's Day. So, every year I could count on getting not only receiving a ton of birthday cards, but also Valentine's! I loved it! To this day, I think of Valentine's as my own special holiday.

There's no other day of the year that's dedicated to telling the one's you love how much they mean to you. Sure, there's a lot of commercialism around the holiday, but no more than any other holiday in the United States. What makes Valentine's Day special isn't the cost of the gift, it's the thought that goes into it. 

When you think about Valentine's Day, and how you want to spend it, stop and think about the person you plan to share the day with.

  • What makes that person unique?
  • What's special about them, to you?
  • How do they like to spend their free time?
  • Is there something you do that they really appreciate?
  • What's their favorite color?
  • What's their favorite activity?
  • Do they have a favorite flower?
  • Do like getting flowers? Or, would they rather have a plant, or a new pair of jogging shoes?

My favorite Valentine's Days don't necessarily involve a big bouquet of roses and an expensive dinner out. For me, the best memories are when my husband takes the time to prepare a special meal that I love, or surprises me by leaving a single rose on my desk, or plans a special activity with me. Sure, flowers and gifts are always nice, but the gift of quality time is, for me, the best gift of all.

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