As many couples have experienced, Valentines can be a little… crazy! The gifts, the flowers, the advance dining reservations – it’s quite a process and it’s VERY competitive. Everyone in North America knows that Valentines, though quite lovely, is a mass marketed occasion that costs most a pretty penny annually. But February 14 isn't the only day to celebrate your special someone.
For the first few years as a new couple you make the most of Valentine’s Day. You dine at the fancy restaurant, you buy the beautiful roses, maybe stay at a nice hotel or book a little getaway. It’s all a lovely experience, but you also have to compete with thousands of other couples trying to make the same special arrangements or buy similar gifts, and paying through the nose just as equally during ‘peak time’.
Over the years, we’ve done the common couple plans – nice dinner out, edible arrangements, jewellery, flowers, and even a trip to the Ice Hotel last year. We’ve also done some our own plans, including light painting and breakfast in bed. And although we do sometimes compete with other couples for our February 14th plans, we’ve found celebrating a month prior is much more practical. We’ve been celebrating on January 14th the last couple of years and it allows us to completely avoid the fully booked restaurants, over-priced flowers and other stresses related to the ‘day of love’.
Last month we ordered take out and had a quiet night in for our Valentines, and it was nice just to be in each other’s company. Yesterday, we enjoyed a home cooked dinner (by him) and played computer games to wind down for the day. It doesn’t always have to be about the big show and impressing your loved one. Sometimes just spending an evening focused on time together is better than a night out in a crowded restaurant with 50 other couples.
So celebrate Valentines as you see fit, but think big picture. Celebrating your love and your time together isn’t only significant on February 14 – It matters every day, during the week and throughout the year.
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