Happy Valentine’s Day friends! That also means we’re halfway through February already. Wow, does time fly!
Justin and I don’t have any big Valentine’s Day plans this year; although, we’re going to a friends’ house to celebrate a birthday their son’s 1st birthday. Not a typically V-Day celebration, but we’re looking forward to it nonetheless. We’ll be with each other and will be with our friends – can’t get better than that!
In fact, Valentine’s Day is a holiday that has changed for us over the years. When Justin and I first started dating, Valentine’s Day was a really big deal for us. I think it was just the fact that we were both newly in love and in our first serious relationship. The holiday was our designated time to show our love for one another – at least that’s what we thought at the time. We’d exchange gifts/cards, Justin would buy me roses and we’d spend time together by going to dinner or going somewhere special. This ritual went on for a number of years and when we got married, we decided there was no need to exchange gifts and I didn’t need flowers, so we’d just go out to a nice dinner.
Over the past several years, we haven’t been going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day – if we go, we’ll do it a few days before or after – our reason….because the restaurants are too crowded and they jack the prices up on the holiday. We sound like old fogies, don’t we!?! Ha!
You may think I sound like a Debbie Downer, right? I’m totally not trying to be. My point is that after almost 6 1/2 years of marriage, the novelty of Valentine’s Day has warn off. I like the sentiment of it, but we don’t need a specific day to celebrate our love for one another. I’m thankful and appreciative to have Justin in my life. The normal Friday nights when we go out to dinner, or stay at home and watch a movie, or sit on the couch by the fire, or are driving in the car together, or are sitting at the dinner table, or are taking a walk together, or a simple hug – those are the times that are most meaningful to me. We can do these things anytime; I certainly don’t need (or expect) a gift or flowers from Justin to show his love for me (and vice versa). I know it’s real – I feel it everyday. I don’t need or want anything special – being together and being happy is the only thing that matters.
Now, I don’t want you to take this post the wrong way, and I’m not saying there is anything wrong in celebrating Valentine’s Day if that’s what you enjoy, but I’m also reminding those of you who are in a relationship, don’t forget to celebrate your love for one another all year round. It’s the simple times together that I feel matter the most!
What are your thoughts on Valentine’s Day?
If you’re in a long-term relationship, have your feelings toward Valentine’s Day changed over the years?
Do you have any plans for tonight?