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So I’m totally going to contradict myself with this blog post. Firstly, I hate Valentine’s Day. After New Year’s Eve it is probably my least favourite ‘holiday’ of the year. Measuring love by how big and overpriced a bunch of roses you buy/receive doesn’t really scream romance. BUT, on the other hand I do like that there is a whole day each year dedicated to telling the one that you love that you…well…love them.
We are all busy people, rushing around day-to-day, mostly passing the one that we love like ships in the night. When we find a couple of hours together it is very often spent in a fug of exhaustion. Totes romantic, right? So having one day a year to refocus our romantic notions and to remind the one that we love that we…well…love them, even if we don’t make grand gestures to that effect everyday, is not such a bad thing.
We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day in the commercial sense here in LMUTB HQ, there are no flowers or heart-shaped boxes of chocolates. And we never ever go out for dinner on the night, being seated at 8:30 only to be told the table is needed at 9:00 is not exactly conducive to a good night out. Instead we stay home and cook for each other, or save our night out for a week or two later. If you’re of the same opinion as me I have compiled a list of alternative dates, for the romantic in you.
1. Movie Night
An obvious one I know, we don’t go to the cinema often but always enjoy it when we do. And if you don’t fancy the cinema, make some popcorn, pull the curtains and get cosy on the sofa.
2. Cook a nice meal for each other.
Restaurants will be super busy on the 14th, and some will squeeze in extra sittings so it can feel like you are on a conveyor belt of customers. Add to this the fact that some restaurants will offer a limited set menu to make things easier for the kitchen, and dinner for two suddenly feels like a joyless money drain. Cooking a meal for each other and sitting down to enjoy it in the peace and quiet of your own candlelit dining room suddenly seems much more attractive, right? And no queuing in the cold and rain for a taxi home.
3. Lunch instead of dinner.
So you’ve both had a busy week, and neither of you are thrilled at the idea of cooking that romantic dinner, go out for lunch instead.
4. A mini break, in your home town.
Like restaurants many hotels will see a surge in demand over Valentine’s weekend. Save that weekend away for another time and enjoy a mini break in your own town. Make a list of sights to visit and break up the day with a leisurely lunch. Enjoy the fun of being a tourist without the jet lag.
5. Relive a favourite holiday.
I have done this a few times, just not on Valentine’s, yet. Recreate a meal from a restaurant you ate in while away, dress the table with some items that represent the city and hang some signs with the names of famous landmarks. A few photographs dotted around and the music you listened to on that holiday will help to transport you there for one night only.
6. Spa Day.
Have you ever booked a couples spa treatment? We’ve booked a few on various holidays and I have to be honest, I don’t find them the least bit romantic. THEY ARE HILARIOUS. Or maybe that’s just us? We always end up in a fit of giggles, usually covered in some form of mud mask. You can’t beat a good laugh so maybe a spa day is what you need. And they are easy peasy to do at home too, a few candles, some fluffy towels, a bit of whale music, a face mask and the job’s oxo.
7. Go for a walk.
A stroll in the fresh air without distractions so that you can talk, or just plod along in companionable silence can be really soothing. Focusing on the beauty of nature around you can help you to forget your stresses and strains, reminding you of the important things in life, like the person walking beside you. Don’t worry, I almost made myself sick with the corniness of that sentiment, but yiz get the idea.
8. A picnic.
You’ll have worked up an appetite with all of that walking so why not pack a picnic to enjoy too. It’s a bit chilly out though so don’t forget to pack a flask of hot chocolate.
9. Do something that the other person likes.
No yiz durty durtbirds, not that. They like football (or any sport) but you don’t? Buy tickets for a match and go together. They like to do ‘outdoorsy’ things but you hate the thought of it? Go do something outdoorsy together. They like wandering around art galleries but you’d rather watch paint dry? Spend a few hours looking at the pretty pictures with them, you will essentially be looking at dry paint so it’s kinda win win.
10. Have an early night.
Wah?! Sure there’s nothing on that aul telly anyway…
So there you have it, a few ideas for romancing the one you love that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, or your sanity. And remember folks, love is for life, not just for Valentine’s Day.