There is a lot of debate in my household regarding the value of Valentines Day. Seen in the light of modern materialism, it is easy to wipe it off as just another excuse for consumers to be co-ersed into spending more money. However, I think Valentines Day is a wonderful point (or should be) in the year. Some people need that reminder to treasure their partners, to value and love someone other than themselves ! Besides, Valentines Day does not have to be materialistic, because that is not the point of the day at all.
This Valentines Day, why not avoid the materialistic teddy bears and gimmicks, but be creative in the demonstration of your love and affection?.....Do something wonderful for your partner - write them a song or a poem, make them a home made music video, treat them to a surprise picnic at a special destination, run them a bubble bath with all the trimmings, a massage, a bunch of fresh picked wild flowers with a hand written note, make your partner a "King' or 'Queen' for a day and spoil them rotten, take them on an 'mystery date night' (make it different and fun!).....the bottom line is, just demonstrate your love in a way that you wouldn't usually do. Tell your partner how much you love them ! To quote the movie "A room with a view"....do we find love so often that we should turn it off the box when it appears? Meaning, there can never ever be enough love in our lives ! I want to put more love into mine ! What are you going to do for the one you love this Valentines Day?
The history of St Valentines Day
The holiday is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). The holiday first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.