Tis the season for my nausea.
I’m not a bah humbug, I’m just over the commercialization of romance.
Approximately 151 million Hallmark cards are purchased each year for this holiday. Does Hallmark have lobbyist to keep the charade going?
Why is this a charade?
Because real relationships, real lovers, don’t need a calendar reminder to send gifts, notes of appreciation, and fancy dinners to show the other love on Februrary 14th.
Save your money and buy me some great flowers in March from Trader Joe’s to show your appreciation.
Set up a couples massage in December because we all need one during the holiday season.
Propose to me when you can’t stand not being my husband for the rest of your life, not because a calendar reminds you that it might be a good date to do so.
Buy me a great red wine to celebrate our accomplishments.
Many articles and programs are out to tell you how to spice up your relationship, how to romance your date away, and where to buy some great French chocolates.
Take heed in the advice, particularly the French chocolates because they are to die for, yet use it in your time.
We all enjoy appreciation, validation and acceptance. Tell your partner, and not just on Valentines Day.
This is what keeps relationships rich.
Time together, words of empowerment and validation, compromise, teamwork, and laughter are the bricks and mortar of a strong relationship.
That’s what we want – right?
Do I need to purchase some red lingerie to show you that you’re wanted and I’m ready to be frisky?
Let them know you want them, how good they smell, taste and look to you.
It is wise to say Happy Valentines Day and particularly to support Hallmark with a card, so we don’t feel ignored during the holiday, just take the message of the day and spread it throughout the year.
The history to this celebration is quite interesting. From the ancient Roman celebration of Lupercalia.
“Lupercalia,… was anciently celebrated by shepherds…many of the noble youths and of the magistrates run up and down through the city naked, for sport and laughter striking those they meet with shaggy thongs. And many women of rank also purposely get in their way, and like children at school present their hands to be struck, believing that the pregnant will thus be helped in delivery, and the barren to pregnancy…The Lupercalia festival was partly in honor of Lupa, the she-wolf who suckled the infant orphans “
Some theorist believe it was the Christian conversion (cultural take over) that took the date from the Romans and converted it into another celebration, that of the martyr Saint Valentines which dates back to the 5th Century. Many “Valentines” were in existence, yet it is the lovely legend of the Saint Valentine that rebelled against the Roman Emperor Claudius II who outlawed marriage of his soliders (love, committment and family = bad soliders in the emperors opinion) and performed secret weddings.
Ahhhh, the social justice of it all.
Love can prevail.
It seems that Chaucers poetry Parlement of Foules (1382) written for King Richard’s II of England’s engagement really turned Valentines Day into one meant for lovers
For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.
Oh the eroticism of bird’s mating, really got them in the mood for romance in the 14th century.
Whether it be frolicking in the streets for fertility or standing up for love, Valentines seems to have turned into a modern day materialization of gifts and demands to share your love.
I say to you- don’t get sucked into the mania of chocolates and roses this week, allow your gestures of love and validation to occur all year round.