Valentine Celebrations

Curiosity killedCuriosity killed Shipmate
edited February 7 in The 8th Day
So we are a week away from 14th February and the card, sweet, flower and gift manufacturers are all suggestion ways to celebrate St Valentine's Day. For those of you who do celebrate this romance fest, how do you celebrate? Do you have any special things you would like to say and do with your loved one? Are a card, flowers and chocolates necessary to keep the marital home sweet? Or have you found that old hat and celebrate in different ways?

Some of things that fascinated me were heart shaped frying pans - how often would you use that?

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  • Well, I bought my wife a lovely card for St. Dwynwen's Day: https://tinyurl.com/y7e6l296. Since she is Scottish, and St. Dwynwen's Day coincides with Burns' Night, it seemed appropriate.

    Last year (our first February in Dragonland) I bought her a Love Spoon for Valentine's Day. It went down well and is now hanging in our kitchen.
  • I have an appointment with the dentist.
    :frowning:
  • balaambalaam Shipmate
    Last year (our first February in Dragonland) I bought her a Love Spoon for Valentine's Day. It went down well and is now hanging in our kitchen.

    We love spooning on Valentine's day.
  • balaambalaam Shipmate
    LRP is cooking a romantic meal on Valentine's Day.

    I have reciprocated by suggesting we go to the movies the day after. If Beale St Could Talk is on. I have heard it is the best romantic film in years. (Not a high bar, I'll admit, but Oscar nominations and a Golden Globe, so it can't be bad.)
  • RuthRuth Admin Emeritus
    It's a fantastic movie, and it's a love story, but I don't know that I'd call it romantic.
  • LeRocLeRoc Shipmate
    Valentine never meant a lot to me, and I'm happy to keep it that way.
  • Two days away from Valentine's Day - so what celebrations have you planned?

    I'm hoping to go to a comedy show recording with Lucy Porter in the Family Way (if I can get out).
  • BoogieBoogie Shipmate
    Pigwidgeon wrote: »
    I have an appointment with the dentist.
    :frowning:

    So have I!

    🙄
  • I’m ushering at this.
  • CaissaCaissa Shipmate
    On Feb 14, I am going to a basketball with our youngest son. On Feb 16, Ms. C. and I are going out for a dinner and a play.
  • I'm probably going out with friends.
  • I’m not into cards but I love giving gifts so I always buy my other half something, which might be anything from a bottle of single malt to a bamboo plant. This year I have purchased joint membership of a Cambridge Botanic Gardens, it is next to his office so he can go and sit there and work on his laptop and I can walk there and meet him for lunch.
    We don’t usually go out for dinner Valentine’s Day, too overpriced and I’m an introvert who doesn’t like fussy occasions.
    He has made me a heart shaped fried egg before, I think he used a large metal pastry cutter as a mould.
  • May I recommend: get a large piece of paper. A nice big watercolour rag paper is great. Get out the paints. Paint on the same paper together. Watercolour is our favourite because paint flows with the water, which means it's a little loose and the joy happens in front of you together. Then you can take a break and do whatever spooning is (I didn't look it up, and don't know), turn the paper over and paint some more.

    (We've a long history of doing this when we're troubled in my family. Painting together with anyone is a very kind way of being with each other.)
  • One day before Galentines Day! My daughter is giving her BFF a bar of chocolate with "ovaries before brovaries" iced on. Last year IIRC the slogan was "Sisters before Misters"

    I wish Galentines Day had been a thing when I was their age.

    (They both have steady boyfriends btw)
  • NenyaNenya Shipmate
    I had never heard of Galentine's Day, and had to look it up. Women celebrating women. I'll be doing that on Valentine's Day itself. It will be my usual Thursday of Zumba class (mostly women), coffee with a girlfriend in the afternoon and then out with four girlfriends in the evening. No idea of the husband's plans except that he's doing his usual Thursday evening helping at a church youth group. Thursday nights used to be our night out. I'm not bitter.
  • Two days away from Valentine's Day - so what celebrations have you planned?

    I'm putting the kids to bed, Mrs. C has a choir rehearsal. Depending on how easily the kids go down, there's a dripping valve under the kitchen sink, and it might get lucky...
  • I have choir rehearsal. It will probably be the high point of the day.
  • balaambalaam Shipmate
    Rossweisse wrote: »
    I have choir rehearsal. It will probably be the high point of the day.

    Soprano?
  • I have no Meeting. I have no Rehearsal. I shall be In, with my wife. Television. We shall probably watch Television. I have bought some champagne (a half-bottle - nothing too extravagant, you understand).
  • So, BT, your wife got a lovely card last month, on St Dwynwen's Day, and you are having champagne tomorrow. How long have you been married?

    We don't celebrate Valentine's Day, because it's close to the anniversary of the North East Man asking me out. We married on the 3rd anniversary of that day, so it has never made sense to celebrate Valentine's Day as well. We're coming up to the 33rd anniversary of him asking me out, and our 30th wedding anniversary.



  • Baptist TrainfanBaptist Trainfan Shipmate
    edited February 13
    37 years in March.

    What I object to is the compulsoriness of Valentine's Day.
  • I think Champagne might also be in the offing chez rouge because, well, any excuse... :blush:

    We’ve been out to restaurants a couple of times on Valentine’s but these days we’ve stopped because we’ve been disappointed a couple of times. You pay three times more and don’t get to choose the menu. These days we keep restaurant outings for birthdays, anniversary etc. when you can get a highly superior meal for your money.
  • This.
  • The local Tesco's has been moved around to accommodate a vast array of red roses in the entrance (where the papers usually go). Cynical me is wondering how many will be sold at reduced cost on 15 February.

    Woman's Hour this morning covered Galentine's Day, so it's gaining traction.
  • balaambalaam Shipmate
    The local Tesco's has been moved around to accommodate a vast array of red roses in the entrance (where the papers usually go). Cynical me is wondering how many will be sold at reduced cost on 15 February.

    I am planning on this.
  • balaam wrote: »
    I am planning on this.
    Is that balaam or Xote speaking?

  • balaam wrote: »
    Soprano?

    Mezzo. I'm in the second alto section (because that's what was needed when I joined), but it's a great group of women.


  • On my trip to the Co-Op this morning to buy milk I saw bunches of red manky roses for £10 - it baffles me how they have the nerve to have them on sale. I see them causing heartache.
  • balaambalaam Shipmate
    Pigwidgeon wrote: »
    balaam wrote: »
    I am planning on this.
    Is that balaam or Xote speaking?

    Unless stated otherwise I speak for myself.
  • finelinefineline Kerygmania Host
    The local Tesco's has been moved around to accommodate a vast array of red roses in the entrance (where the papers usually go). Cynical me is wondering how many will be sold at reduced cost on 15 February.

    Heh, optimistic me is wondering the same thing - I love buying myself reduced flowers from Asda. Got bunches of daffodils for 2p a bunch one spring. I've never thought to look for reduced flowers on 15th Feb, but I will now - this thread has made me much more aware of Valentine's day than I normally am.

  • SipechSipech Shipmate
    Went to the card shop at lunchtime to pick up a birthday card for my niece. The queue was evidently full of rather embarrassed people getting Valentine's cards. If their experience ties up with the chatter in the office, then they had probably agreed with their partner not to do anything but later received something and felt the need to reciprocate.
  • There was a veritable ocean of red roses at Asda this morning; however I yesterday bought Herself some lovely Welsh daffodils, which are blooming beside me and which she much prefers.
  • Mrs Whale just brought me a cup of coffee and presented me with a scrap of paper cut in a heart shape. That'll be it. She has a speaking engagement this evening after she's downed a quick meal with her sister. I'm off to band practice where we'll share food. Suits me. I object to the commercialisation and Balaam's compulsoriness.
  • Husband en rouge has been known to send me flowers at the office in the past. It should be noted that the main purpose of this exercise is inciting my colleagues to the sin of envy.

    A couple of years back I was working with a person who wasn’t very nice to me. A floral delivery at the office will often lead nice colleagues to do the mock jealousy thing (“why haven’t I got any? My husband’s in trouble now ha ha”) but Mean Colleague™ was genuinely eaten up by the green-eyed monster in all its splendour when she saw that I had flowers and she didn’t. Her face was glorious. She looked so incredibly pissed off that it absolutely made my day.

    Romantic gestures? Meh, I won’t say no. Making Mean Colleague jealous and surly all day? What a man :love:
  • ...Romantic gestures? Meh, I won’t say no. Making Mean Colleague jealous and surly all day? What a man :love:
    Heh.

  • MMMMMM Shipmate
    When did Valentine’s Day become compulsory, though? It’s only really over the last few years as far as I can tell. As a teenager, it was when you might send a card anonymously to a boy you fancied, and with any luck get one or two anonymous cards back. I don’t recall couples doing anything or buying presents or sending cards, except perhaps in the first dewy-eyed flush of romance.

    Someone saw the commercial opportunity, I suppose, but why do people fall for it? Why do something just because it’s advertised by people who want to make money out of you?

    The ultimate dreadful expression of this was a Network Rail employee handing out sweets at Charing Cross railway station yesterday morning, resulting mostly, as far as I could see, in people avoiding him.

    MMM, who largely dislikes any romantic gesture in any case.
  • It's interesting isn't it? Because I think it's unhelpful for lots of reasons, including the implication that those who are not in a couple are missing out. I am not sure it's so much of a problem this year, but last time 14 February fell on a Sunday we had threads on Valentine's Day church services to celebrate couples and wedding anniversaries.
  • Looking back at my notes, I see I ignored it entirely and concentrated on Lent.
  • balaambalaam Shipmate
    Looking back at my notes, I see I ignored it entirely and concentrated on Lent.

    Well, last year Valentine's Day did coincide with Ash Wednesday. If that happens again I shall cook my wife a romantic meal and burn it to a crisp.
  • balaambalaam Shipmate
    Ruth wrote: »
    It's {If Beale Street could Talk} a fantastic movie, and it's a love story, but I don't know that I'd call it romantic.

    Having seen it, it is definitely a romance, but some other stuff gets in the way.
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