Tuesday, 7 February 2012
I love making Valentines Day cards, it's a nice way to spend your time thinking and creating of love inspired things but I'm not entirely sure how i feel about the day itself...
My first valentines memory is making and sending a valentines day card to my Grandad when I was in Rainbows (like Brownies but for younger girls!). Another one was getting some Daffodils when I was maybe 9 or 10 from a childhood friend, although I'm pretty certain it was his mum who sent them, Then I have a long string of memories of having a "secret admirer" (my dad) sending me Valentines day cards.
As I grew older and proceeded to have no luck with boys, my disdain for Valentines day started to grow. I thought it was too commercial and all those usual arguments; my thoughts were that if you really love someone you should be doing the sweet things that you do on valentines day all year round not just on this set date. To me it seemed less thoughtful to do nice things for the one you love just because everyone else is. BUT I did always keep in mind that I might just be bitter, due to my severe lack of boyfriends!
Last years Valentines day was my first valentines day with a boyfriend and I'll admit I was pretty excited! We had a lovely day, I got some thoughtful gifts and he made me dinner, he makes a mean risotto! But i did still feel this weird pressure to be... some how more in love on that day than any other and seeing loads of girls around central London with bunches of flowers reminded me that everyone else is celebrating it too and for whatever reason it made the day less special for me. I loved the things my boyfriend did for me but as for the ocasion in itself, I was just a bit like... meh! I much preferred celebrating our anniversary, as it's much more personal. I don't hate valentines day and we're still celebrating it this year, I'll be a nice day with my boyfriend- We're making the presents, or in my case baking the presents!
So my views on valentines day are mixed, There's still a bit of young Alex who's a bit anti V-Day. But even though we're getting told that we should be extra nice and give gifts on specific day on the year, if Richards going to buy/make me a present on the 14th of February I'm going to accept it! (see picture above- a card i made but never got around to listing) Also I don't think there's anything particularly wrong with a holiday that promotes a bit of Love!
I'd love to hear anyone else's opinions of the day, or if you have any nice plans!