Tomorrow, Feb. 14, we will celebrate another Valentine's Day.
Valentine's Day is the day set aside for us to let someone special in our lives know how we feel. Really there should not be a need for a special one day a year. We should let the people we love know every day how we feel.
Of course without Valentine's Day we would mess up the candy/flower/gift sales for February. Reading the statistics on Valentine Day sales it would be a great loss to our economy.
The estimated amount expected to be purchased in America for Valentine's Day this year is $19.7 billion.
The top four gifts listed included 1. Candy (box of chocolates; 2. Diamond earrings; 3. A dozen roses; 4. Dinner out.
We can look at our Valentine Day purchases as a way to boost our economy, help our businesses and keep in good graces with our spouses.
I have been married for 50 years and I have to give my husband credit for never forgetting a Valentine's Day. I was 14 years old when he gave me my first box of chocolates in a pretty red, heart-shaped box. As I have said before, that is a lot of chocolate under the bridge.
One year when he was in Vietnam (1967) he said he could not get chocolates. If my memory serves me correctly, he sent me a bottle of perfume. I think that was one of the very few years I have not received a box of chocolates on Valentine's Day.
One article I read said the average consumer will spend $116.21 on Valentine's Day. Evidently, we are not the average consumer because our gifts are usually less in value but they are just as special.
How many times have we heard “it is the thought that counts.”
That is true. I can't imagine just ignoring Valentine's Day, a birthday, an anniversary or Christmas.
The gifts do not have to be elaborate but please don't forget those special days.
A tip for men – don't listen to us when we say things like, “I don't need a thing"; “don't spend your money on me"; “let's just not exchange gifts this year.”
We really mean it when we say such things but then we can't believe our husbands actually listened to us. After all, they don't listen to us when we say “take out the trash.”
Like I said before, gifts do not have to be extravagant to be special. If you can't afford a dozen roses, give one or two. If you are gifted, write a poem or a song. If you can cook, bake a pie or a cake or a special meal. Gifts from the heart are special. It really is the thought that counts.
It is important to let people know how we feel. None of us want to think we are being taken for granted.
It is never a good idea to just ignore Valentine's Day.