Monday, January 20, 2014

How do you want to celebrate Valentine's Day this year?

The Headlines:

Valentine's Day is coming up.

To me, this is the sweetest holiday.

To much of the world, it's a "Hallmark Holiday"

Stop seeing red - choose to see love.

I love Valentine's Day.  I think it's a special holiday.  The whole point of it is to tell the people that matter in your life - you love them.  What can be wrong with that?  You're not celebrating a birthday or pilgrims, not costumes or fireworks… just pure love.  I know many people that say "I don't need a holiday to tell me it's time to say 'I love you'… I can do that on my own everyday!"  But the question is… do you?

I think we get busy and we forget to tell even the most important person in our life how important they are.  We may assume they know how much they mean.  Maybe they do - but it's still nice to be reminded.  When I was much younger I started realizing so much remained unsaid… my mother always yearned to hear those "3 little words" from her own parents and felt as though they came so few and far between.  So I started writing.  I wanted the people special in my life to know they were just that.  A card to my mom at her birthday to tell her I loved her - a note to my dad at Christmas - even a letter to a best friend when I was leaving town for good.  I got the 'thank you's' and 'I love you's' out in the open and it was worth it!  I still do this, maybe not as much as I'd like… we're all so busy… but Valentine's Day tells me - it's time.

Around mid January I decorate a bit for the heart day.  Not too crazy but stuff like this in the middle of the kitchen table...

I put some heart lights in my children's rooms… throw some Valentines towels in bathrooms.  Of course, I add the CANDY in jars!!!   Nothing big… but the actual day deserves to be celebrated.  The skeptics, I am well aware, hate the pomp and circumstance that comes with this day.   They say the holiday somewhat "forces" people to spend money and retailers love that… so make it less about buying some expensive ring for the one you love and more about telling them the love is there.

Wow this is sounding very love-story-lame right about now.  I wonder if I'm having Bachelor hangover from last night… if you follow it - Trista and Ryan got "re-married" at their 10 year Anniversary and I cried.  Yep, I admit that - a few tears streamed down for a second.   Believe it or not I think those 2 are really in love and they're not afraid to tell each other -- in front of millions of viewers.  TWICE!  Maybe, we could all learn a little from that.  We don't need a tv show to do it… just a Valentines's Day.  Luckily, there's one coming up.

BP (my husband) and I don't really exchange major gifts on V Day.  I try to be a little creative.  One year I got him a box of chocolates and wrote what I loved about him on pieces of paper which were tucked beneath each candy.  I usually make a special treat for he and the kids… he might bring me flowers and we'll eat something yummy.  But the most important part of the night is when I get that card.  Yes, he knows, just as I do, how important those words are to hear and see.  He does an excellent job of writing them down and they make me feel special - it goes way beyond anything he could buy.  SO again, I ask, what could be wrong with that?  A holiday that reminds you to stop and tell the people you love - that you do.

Now think:  how do you want to celebrate Valentines Day this year?

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