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There are a lot of people out there who go head over heels for this Holiday and think that if you don't get the right thing or do the right thing then "someone" won't LOVE you. Is that your take on this Day or does it have it's own meaning? Let's get a good discussion going on it.

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It sounds like a female's thinking! It depends if you are liberal or conservative!
It is a day that is for scripted love LOL. I actually use it as a day to reflect the small things that I love about my wife, her kindness, her intelligence, the fact that she is the worlds best mother. Now with that said this year I did go a little over board because my wife is finishing her BA in Humanistic psychology and will start her Masters program shortly after that, (yeah I am a little proud of her) So she got a hew laptop for her valentine present.
I think that Valentine's Day is celebrated a lot when you are young and in love. It is a reason to spoil the one you love. In the end it is not the gift but the thought behind it.
Like all holidays it has become commercialized a way money. I think it is basically a day intended to remind up to tell othere we care about the. However, the romantic part of the holiday has been so emphasized that it puts pressure on people to do something big and romonatic. Much like Christmas over emphasizes happiness and can be hard for the unhappy, Valentines day overemphasizes romance and can be hard for those without romantic relationships.
Sarah, Thanks. You are also are an awesome friend and woman of God. I needed the encouragement!
Interesting, because this Valentine's happened to come at a time where we felt pinched in finances. We were also hosting a Japanese student at the time so we couldn't do anything "just between us" with her there. So I started questioning, "just what is the point of Valentine's Day?" When you don't have someone to love and/or your finances don't support doing anything fabulous to celebrate the day, you kind of question whether it's really necessary.

In the long run, we wound up giving each other small gifts and giving our student some candy and a balloon. In Japan on Valentine's day, girls give the boy they like chocolate; and a month later, on March 14, if the boy likes her in return he reciprocates. Imagine having to sweat that out! Anyway, our gift to our student surprised her. We had a nice dinner (steak, salad, french bread) between the three of us at home. A day or two earlier I'd gone to my mother's place (she's a widow and lives in an Alzheimer's residence) and gave her a teddy bear, a card and some balloons. It made her happy, even with her limited understanding of the world around her (due to her dementia).

Afterwards, I got to thinking about Valentine's Day at this time in my life. I love to be romantic with my husband, but I think I'd like to add a deeper aspect of it if I can. I'm thinking about finding a way to show on that day love to those who feel unloved. Making a phone call, sending a card, an email or giving a small gift of candy. Just something to let them know that someone loves them and cares about their life. I've got a whole year to give it some thought.
I can tell you that your phone call or simple gift to may mean the world to someone. One of my customers more than made my day by giving me a small rose arrangement from herself and her family. I love flowers but mostly just buy my own. This year it looked less likely than ever that I would receive something on Valentines day. I passed the blessing on by getting some flowers for another single friend.

Kathleen W said:
Interesting, because this Valentine's happened to come at a time where we felt pinched in finances. We were also hosting a Japanese student at the time so we couldn't do anything "just between us" with her there. So I started questioning, "just what is the point of Valentine's Day?" When you don't have someone to love and/or your finances don't support doing anything fabulous to celebrate the day, you kind of question whether it's really necessary.

In the long run, we wound up giving each other small gifts and giving our student some candy and a balloon. In Japan on Valentine's day, girls give the boy they like chocolate; and a month later, on March 14, if the boy likes her in return he reciprocates. Imagine having to sweat that out! Anyway, our gift to our student surprised her. We had a nice dinner (steak, salad, french bread) between the three of us at home. A day or two earlier I'd gone to my mother's place (she's a widow and lives in an Alzheimer's residence) and gave her a teddy bear, a card and some balloons. It made her happy, even with her limited understanding of the world around her (due to her dementia).

Afterwards, I got to thinking about Valentine's Day at this time in my life. I love to be romantic with my husband, but I think I'd like to add a deeper aspect of it if I can. I'm thinking about finding a way to show on that day love to those who feel unloved. Making a phone call, sending a card, an email or giving a small gift of candy. Just something to let them know that someone loves them and cares about their life. I've got a whole year to give it some thought.

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