Valentine's Day is a day for love, especially romantic love. The day can be tricky for new couples, trying to feel out each other's expectations. I've known of pragmatic, completely unsentimental women who feel cheated at anything less than a romantic campaign worthy of Napoleon, including flowers, candy, expensive dinners, and jewelry. Worse, from their boyfriend's point of view, they expect to be surprised. Some romantics are thrilled to tears over a simple card. Still others refuse to let the calendar dictate the level of romance in their lives, and find the whole idea pushy and annoying. Seldom are both halves of a new couple in the same camp.
Valentine’s is easier for those of us lucky enough to have been married forever. I can’t speak for other long-married couples, but our celebration is usually low-key. I'll probably make something special for dinner, with a decedent dessert most likely involving dark chocolate. We'll exchange cards and small gifts, maybe watch a cute movie on television, and go from there.
But this year, we're doing something new for the season. (Did you know there was a Valentine’s season?) My husband decided that, instead of taking down the Christmas tree, we should just change the theme and make it a Valentine's tree. I don't think it's that he loves hearts and flowers as much as it is that he hates to see the tree come down. We must not be the only ones doing this, because I found pretty heart ornaments at Hobby Lobby and tinsel garlands and red roses in a dollar store. We also picked up a package of foam hearts and made a garland of family photos.
It was fun to decorate, and a nice way to get over the after-Christmas blahs. Most importantly, it makes us smile, and I think making your loved one smile is what love is all about.
Happy Valentine’s Day!