I have to admit, I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day.
There. I said it. Me, a romance author, not enamored of the one holiday of the year specifically designed to celebrate love, which is what I write is all about. The hypocrisy, you say!
Well, wait a minute now. I didn’t say I wasn’t a fan of love. Quite the contrary. I think showing the people you love that they mean the world to you is awesome. It’s the idea that we have to squeeze that expression of affection into the commercially accepted mold that bugs me. What comes to mind when you think of Valentine’s Day? Flowers and candy? Jewelry? A fancy dinner at an expensive restaurant?
Those are things. Things we don’t need. Maybe even things we don’t want. But societal expectations say we give candy and flowers, so we give candy and flowers, even if the cost of those roses has been inflated by up to 100%, and even if the recipient of that heart-shaped box of chocolates is still desperately clinging by their fingertips to their New Year’s resolutions not to give in to the seductive lure of sugar. Americans spent almost $19 billion last year on Valentine’s Day. That with a B, folks. That’s a lot of candy hearts.
You know what I want for Valentine’s Day? Time. Time to spend with my husband. Not going out to a fancy restaurant, or exchanging gifts. Just us, being together. Me and him, sitting on the couch, eating pizza, watching a movie and playing with the dog. No phones, no computers, no social media. Simply one evening of connecting the way we used to before life got in the way.
That is a gift worthy of a holiday.
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So, I’ve told you what I want for Valentine’s Day. Now you tell me. What would be your perfect Valentine? Everyone who comments from now until midnight, February 13th, will be entered to win the prize package pictured below (US only, I’m afraid, but if someone from outside the US wins, an Amazon gift card will be substituted). One winner will be randomly selected on, fittingly, February 14th.
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