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Valentine’s Day

When it comes to days when tradition dictates that we send greeting cards to each other, some people are rather cynical whilst others get into the spirit of it. For old romantics, Valentine’s Day is a welcome opportunity to show their partner, the depth of their devotion. Some people send cards anonymously in the hope of pricking someone’s attention. Others resent the amount of money that the greetings card industry makes but I think that everyone enjoys receiving valentines, even if they won’t admit it. It’s mostly women who send the cards; so more guys need to get on board.

The day for lovers has been celebrated since the Middle Ages, starting in England and France. British migrants introduced Valentine’s Day to the US in the nineteenth century. Eventually, cards were exchanged on a huge scale and February 14th was highlighted on most people’s calendar. A tradition also grew of giving gifts, at least from men to women. This is usually flowers or chocolates. You can’t beat a bouquet of red roses to melt the heart. If you’re very lucky ladies, you may receive jewelry. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend at any time of year. A candlelit dinner for two will not go amiss either.

I have never received an anonymous card and I am glad. I think that it would drive me mad. Is someone playing a Valentine’s Day joke or are they sincere? It can backfire sometimes and be a cruel hoax. I am thinking of the passage in Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, when Bathsheba mischievously sends Mr. Boldwood a card. She sends it as a prank but he is madly in love with her and his hopes are raised. The tragic events which unfold can all be traced back to that Valentine’s Day card.

Couples who have been together a long time should still make a fuss of each other on Valentine’s Day. It will make both parties feel special and appreciated. It shouldn’t just be left to the young generation either. Older people need pampering too! A romantic weekend away in a luxury hotel will keep the romance alive.

Perhaps there should be a separate day set aside for people who despise this sort of celebration. They could give each other humbug mints and throw egg and flour balloons at the windows of greeting card shops. Secretly, they want a special someone to give them something heart shaped.

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