Valentine’s Day 2023

We don’t do a lot to celebrate this day in my house. Cards are exchanged, but we refuse to fall into the pit of commercialism that demands overpriced roses or chocolates, cuddly stuffed toys, or heart-shaped mementos.

As usual on this day, I would ask everyone to consider the lonely, the unloved, those who have never known love, or been loved. The overwhelming nature of shop displays and the outpourings on all social media platforms must make this a day they would rather forget.

51 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day 2023

  1. Thanks, Pete. In this part of the country, we celebrate more for St. George’s day (a rose and a book are traditional gifts of the day, and writers can be found signing books, and flower shops put stalls outside with roses and other plants). I much prefer it, but it is also becoming very commercialised. Happy Valentine’s!

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    1. St George’s Day is England’s National Day. Some years ago now, it was hijacked by the Far Right, so is not celebrated much now.
      (Sorry for the late reply, the comment was lost in the Trash Folder.)
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Thanks, John. Our local huge supermarket had 3 full aisles of Valentine products, as well as huge displays of flowers and plants. At a time of enforced austerity, it is somewhat obscene.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Well said, Pete! We don’t allow the retail industry to dictate how or when we acknowledge our love either, nor do we exchange cards on this day. I wrote a little ditty about the whole thing:

    “Valentine’s Day is almost here πŸ™„
    The merchants rub their hands with glee πŸ™Œ
    Silly people live in fear πŸ˜„
    Don’t they know that love is free?”πŸ’•

    Β©Debbie D. 2022

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  3. I agree with what you said about the unloved and the lonely. I have been in that predicament and I know how awful some holidays can make a person feel. Having said that, I am wishing you and your loved ones the happiest holiday ever.

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  4. It’s another Hallmark greeting card holiday! The best valentines I ever got were homemade from my kids and grandkids, and the little ones we used to exchange at school when I was a kid. We each had decorated shoe boxes that we collected our valentines in, and our room mothers would make decorated cupcakes. A perfect kid school day!

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  5. Yet you fall into the pit of commercialism that compels you to buy ‘suffed’ (sp) toys for a dog!! Seriously?
    I’m taking the mick of course, yet somewhat serious too . . . xx

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    1. The joy that Ollie gets from a new toy on his birthday is delightful to behold. It makes him so happy, that makes us happy too.
      Love to you both, Pete. xx
      (Found the comment in the Trash Folder for some reason, hence late reply)

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  6. Spot on, Pete. If it weren’t for the fact that today is my older brother’s birthday, I would very happily ignore all the materialist blandishments that are forced on us with monotonous regularity; I felt this way when I was married, but paid lip service to it, for the sake of a quiet life πŸ˜‰ Cheers, Jon.

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    1. Did they name your brother Valentine by any chance? I used to know a man in London named Val. He told me his birthday was the 14th of February, and he wished he had been born on the 15th. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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