Did you know that Saint Valentine’s Day is said to derive from a christian tradition involving a Pope in 500 AD?
These days, Valentine’s Day has become a symbol for consumerism with ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts for him and her and ‘experiences’ at varying costs being promoted relentlessly weeks before the occasion. I resent the commercialisation of such a precious gift: the love and affection between two lovers. And that is why I am making the case for no Valentine’s Day or slow Valentine’s Day – borrowing from the slow cooking movement -and it goes like this:
- decorate and handwrite your valentine’s card instead of buying one off the shelf;
- cook your partners favourite meal for a candle lit dinner;
- make your own chocolates;
- choose a lovely spot for a picnic;
- set up a perfect match for a single friend;
- watch Romeo and Juliet;
- if you are old enough: make love (not war) and
- buy nothing!
And for the single’s out there who may be especially lonely on Valentine’s Day there is an alternative movement called ‘ singles awareness day’ celebrated between the 13th and 15th of February.
What do you think about Valentine’s Day? Do you celebrate it?
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