Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Valentine, Valentine

Valentine’s Day is a day meant for lovers…as any ad for jewelry, resorts, clothing, or, yes, even food will attest. Like Christmas or Mother’s Day, it’s gotten commercialized. Too much so, in my opinion.
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From the ads we see, it appears that only large, extravagant gifts will ‘prove’ your love for your sweetie and that just isn’t so. Our Skylar just had an article in a magazine that really shows how easily and inexpensively you can say ‘I love you’. And, you know what? Those methods say it just as clearly as a diamond necklace or a trip to Tahiti.

One of the nicest gifts I received from my hubby consisted of a card and a Whitman’s Sampler (not the big one—the medium sized one). The card was a Valentine’s card but not the mushy kind. He prefers the funny ones, usually with a pop-up center. This particular one had a pop-up showing a guy grabbing his girl in a big hug. My sweetie did the same after I opened the card (no, we won’t go any farther than that as to his expectations later :D)

You see, you don’t have to spend googogs of money to show your affection.

Suppose you don’t have a significant other? Well, how about doing something nice just for you? Before I met my guy, I often celebrated these sorts of holidays with…myself :D Treat yourself to a nice dinner (even if you eat in, avoiding all the crowds, you can fix your favorite meal). Treat yourself to a box of your favorite chocolates or other treats or buy a small bouquet of flowers to brighten your room. Put your favorite movie on and spend some good quality time with you. You’re worth it so do something special for yourself.

One thing you can do is enter my Valentine’s contest. All you have to do is leave me a comment by Saturday night and I’ll put your name in a drawing. The prize? I’ll send you a copy of Linda Wisdom’s new book ’50 Ways to Hex Your Lover’ which is due out in March. (I’m really sorry but I have to limit this to U.S. addresses due to ridiculous postal costs). On Sunday morning (February 17) I’ll put the names of any commenter to this post in a box and let my Wookie Baby (the best and most impartial feline I know) select the winner.

And, if you don’t win, go to your favorite online or brick and mortar store and pre-order the book. You won’t be sorry and this is another example of something nice you can do for yourself.

Have a great Valentine’s Day!

-- Lynda

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7 comments:

BethRe said...

Thank you for the contest

Savanna Kougar said...

So true about not spending the big bucks, or spending time...never mind. It's really the love that shines through when you give a valentine's day gift, or that special card. Right now, I'd settle for the right man taking care of my van's mechanical needs.

Lynda K. Scott said...

You're welcome, BethRe.

Savannah, I know what you mean. There are days when I lust after those guys who do home repair/improvement on TV, lol.

Good luck to you both!

Skylar Masey said...

Lynda~

Thanks for the pat on the back! I'm glad everyone has liked the article. I have one more in the pipeline, but because it's been so successful (and not gotten any negative feedback) I'll have to think of some other romantic gestures that are on the frugal side.

I think this point in common with the editor in Charlotte is also one of the reasons she decided to give my submission a shot. :0)

Thanks for sharing my outlook! It's not about the size of gift, but the emotion behind it...no matter if it's funny as long as it shows love.

Corrina Cowan said...

Lynda,
I agree with you, Valentine's Day, along with other holidays, has become way too commercialized. People forget the meaning of what the actual holiday is about and focus more on what they're going to receive. It defeats the purpose of the holiday. This day should be all about emotions and feelings and the connections between you and the one you love, not about how many roses is he going to send me and what type of chocolate. Though, to be fair, chocolate is fine on any day, preferred really:) Great post.
C-

Lynda K. Scott said...

Hi Corrina, oh yes, chocolate is always well received in my house :D There really is never a bad time to receive it, LOL

Thanks for stopping by!

Lynda K. Scott said...

Good morning, erm, afternoon (what can I say? I overslept, lol). I put your three names in the box and enticed my Wookie to pick one. She must have been in a good mood because I didn't have to chase her around to get the slip of paper (like I normally do :D ) but I did give her a greenie for her help, lol.

Anyway, the winner is....
Savanna Kougar!

Savanna, thanks for being here and playing. Please contact me at lyndak.scott@gmail.com so we can discuss how you'll receive your prize.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by!